Volunteers needed to keep charity on the roadBy Becky Barnes
June 27, 2012
‘Your community needs you’ is the appeal from a Sandhurst charity seeking volunteers.
Sandhurst Voluntary Care (SVC), which has provided transport to people in need for more than 30 years, is in crisis.
SVC committee member Vera Routledge said: “We are all aware that the population is ageing and that public services are stretched to deal with demand. The picture in Sandhurst is no different and the elderly in our community really need our help.”
The charity is struggling to meet demand on its services and desperately needs new volunteers to drive the elderly to medical appointments.
Petrol and phone expenses are reimbursed and volunteer drivers can do as little or as much work as suits them.
Volunteers are also needed to work once a month for three hours to receive telephone requests for lifts and find available drivers.
Sue O’Sullivan, chairman of SVC, said: “The organisation is small and friendly and all drivers have the support of a team leader.
“Clients are invited to make a voluntary contribution to cover our running costs and any surplus money is distributed annually to very local charities and good causes.
“Our clients are invariably very grateful for our support and – who knows – we might all be grateful for such a service one day.”
While the charity appeals for volunteer drivers, they have been unable to accept any new clients until they have found new recruits.
If you can help and for further information contact Sue O’Sullivan on (01344) 774 357.