Transport scheme is short of car drivers

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More drivers are needed to support an innovative car scheme which provides transport for disadvantaged residents in and around two market towns.

The Community Car Scheme, run by the Voluntary Network in the Forest Heath area, helps residents who do not have access to their own transport, or are unable to use commercial services to get to vital 
appointments, go shopping or visit friends and family.

Volunteer drivers are now urgently needed to serve Newmarket and Mildenhall and the surrounding parishes.

The scheme sees drivers using their own cars to carry out journeys, but they are able to claim back mileage costs.

Voluntary Network Manager Caroline Robinson said: “We currently have a very good and dedicated team of drivers; however demand for this service in Mildenhall and Newmarket is rapidly increasing so we need two or three more drivers in each area to ensure we can meet those demands.

“The transport we provide really is a lifeline to many people such as the elderly, those with disabilities and others who cannot find access to other means of transport.

“Without us many local people would struggle to carry out simple tasks such as go shopping, pay bills or attend medical appointments.

“We are appealing anyone who has their own car and little spare time to come forward and help support some of the most vulnerable people within our community.”

Anyone requiring further information on the community car scheme or interested in becoming a volunteer driver should contact the Voluntary Network on 01638 608022.