New ‘Community Car’ scheme to launch in Gainsborough - YOUR help is needed

NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard
NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard

Volunteers are being asked to come forward for the launch of a new ‘community car’ scheme for Gainsborough.

The imaginative new project will be launched on Monday 22nd Aprilto help people who are less able or can’t access public transport to stay active, happy and healthy in Gainsborough.

WRVS, a charity which helps older people live happy, independent lives has joined up with Gainsborough Community Car Scheme, to help people in the community that are less able.

Together they are launching the WRVS Gainsborough and District Community Car Scheme.

WRVS Services Manager Andrew Tysoe said: “This is a fantastic service and it will make a real difference to the lives of older and less able people in the community.”

“From our work with older people we know that services such as this make a real difference to quality of life.”

He continued: “However, to make the scheme a success, we need new volunteers who are willing to give up just a couple of hours of their time each week, to help those who need it most.”

Andrew added: “All volunteer drivers will receive 45p per mile to cover their expenses”

Volunteer co-ordinator Laura Packwood said: “The main aim of the scheme is to prevent the isolation and loneliness that can set in for older people when they find going out and about is difficult.”

She continued: “It will improve their mental and physical wellbeing and reduce the stress associated with concern over attending medical appointments.”

Now, WRVS Gainsborough and District Community Car Scheme is asking local people to give up a couple of hours, or more, each week to become a volunteer driver for the service, so that the charity can help as many people as possible.

To take part, sign up to the service or for more information you can contact Laura Packwood.

You can get in touch by emailing or you can call 01427 617269.