MISTERTON: Car Scheme

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Bassetlaw Community Car Scheme, run by the Basset-law Action Centre, urgently needs volunteer drivers in the Misterton and West Stockwith area. If you enjoy driving and meeting people, you are the ideal person to be a volunteer driver.

Many volunteer drivers are retired and want to help their local community. Any amount of time that you are able to give is welcome, even just an hour or two each week. Drivers are a friendly team and help and support each other in addi-tion to receiving professional support and training from the staff at Bassetlaw Action Centre. All driving expenses are paid and there is no pressure on drivers - staff are grateful for any amount of time that volun-teers are able to give to the Car Scheme. Many clients have managed to remain independ-ent because of the valuable help they have received from volunteer drivers.

The Car Scheme can cover all sorts of journeys: shopping, doctors’ and hospital appointments, visiting friends, or leisure activities. So if you have access to a car and some spare time, please contact the Community Car Scheme

Co-ordinator at Bassetlaw Ac-tion Centre for further details (tel: 01777 709650; e-mail: carscheme@bassetlawactioncentre.org

Share A Ride

Join the 785 people now registered with Bassetlaw Share-a-Ride, with over 250,000 shared journeys a year. Help to do your bit for the environment! Two people in Misterton car share their journey to Retford: each day they car share, they save £4.47 in fuel costs alone. Together, they saved over £1032 in the last year. The scheme enables people to car-share to and from work or for pleasure journeys. There are a number of benefits: Reduces traffic problems and traffic congestion, boosts the local economy and employment opportunities, cuts the cost of driving by sharing expenses, reduces the stress of driving, enables you to meet people you might not normally meet, enables those without cars to apply for jobs they could not apply for before, reduces car emissions. All you have to do is register your details by emailing: sharearide@bassetlawactioncentre.org.uk. Or call Bassetlaw Action Centre to request further information. You will then be sent a registration form for the scheme. There will be a number of questions relating to your preferences and the journeys you make. You do not have to own your own vehicle; however, you should make a note of this on your registration form. Once completed, your details will be entered onto the Share-a-Ride database. You will then be contacted with any possible matches. There is no charge for individual members - it is free to register and you may be taken off the database at any time you wish. For further information, contact Jayne Bullock, Bassetlaw Action Centre, on 01777 709650. The Misterton Centre is in partnership with BAC so call in there for further details and to register.

Minibus for use

The Bassetlaw Community Minibus is a wheelchair-friendly minibus that is available to local community groups and individuals, who need flexible, affordable, and accessible transport. The minibus is operated by Bassetlaw Action Centre (BAC) and is available to non-profit making community groups and indi-viduals. Individuals can also book onto a wide range of trips organised by Bassetlaw Action Centre. For more information on what trips are being run, look at BAC’s website: www.bassetlawactioncentre.org. or ring 01777 709650. Alternatively, email: minibus@bassetlawactioncentre.org.uk. The Misterton Centre is affiliated to BAC, call in or ring 891872.

Patients’ Wanted

A local woman, who has had breast cancer, is needed - to be a local champion for a new Breast Screening campaign. Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals are now managing the promotion of Breast Cancer Screening across South York-shire and Bassetlaw and are working on a campaign to in-crease the number of women aged 50-70 taking up the offer of a mammogram. Local women who have had breast cancer detected by a mammogram are being sought to be the ‘faces’ of the campaign and to help raise awareness of screening. The Bassetlaw champion will join other champions from Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham. Any women interested in being the Bassetlaw Breast

Screening champion, or who would like to know more information about the role should email screeningcom-msteam@dbh.nhs.uk

Stroke Information

The Bassetlaw Stroke Information Service is a service for residents, funded by NHS Bassetlaw and Notts County Council and delivered by Bassetlaw Action Centre. The service provides advice, information and support to families and carers for as long as it is needed. A case worker is available to assist you to access services that you may require to support your return to day-to-day life. Advice and support is available for practical things like:

· filling in forms· applying for benefits

· assistance with looking at housing needs and with adaptations that are required

· other practical assistance

· support to return back to work

· signposting to other relevant services/agencies

· put people in contact with other stroke survivors

· -or just a listening ear!

If you would like some help, please contact Jayne Bullock at Bassetlaw Action Centre on 01777 709650 or e-mail: jbul-lock@bassetlawactioncentre.org.uk. The Misterton Centre is affiliated to BAC so information is also available there - call in or ring 891872.