Bassetlaw community transport scheme seeking volunteer drivers to support Covid vaccination patients

A grassroots transport organisation in Bassetlaw is seeking more volunteer drivers to help vulnerable residents attend COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

By Ed Dingwall
Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 3:57 pm

Bassetlaw Community Car Scheme is one of several in Nottinghamshire which are helping residents who have difficulty using public transport and no other means of travel.

Throughout the pandemic, drivers have been ferrying people to medical appointments, collecting shopping and prescriptions, and most recently, making sure they can attend vaccination appointments.

Councillor John Cottee, chairman of the communities and place committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Community transport schemes are often a lifeline to those more vulnerable in our communities.

Sue Cobley is one of many volunteer drivers who have been supporting people across Nottinghamshire during the pandemic.

“Without the support of dedicated volunteers, it would not be possible to deliver these vital transport links across Nottinghamshire, and now, with vaccination centres opening across the county, they will be joining the fight against coronavirus in their communities.

“We have seen so many examples of people going the extra mile for others throughout the pandemic, and those who can spare a few hours a week are encouraged to contact their local community transport organisation.

He added: “While these schemes are not run by the county council, we recognise the value they have in our communities and would like to residents in need of support should register with their local scheme.”

Bassetlaw Community Car Scheme is particularly seeking drivers who can volunteer with their own vehicle, but there may also be opportunities to drive the group’s minibus or wheelchair accessible vehicles.

If using your own vehicle, you would be paid 45p for every mile that you drive on behalf of the scheme. Full training, including for minibuses, will be given to all volunteer drivers.

NHS Bassetlaw has established vaccination services at community centres in Kilton and Kilton Forest, Retford Hospital, and Newgate Medical Group in Worksop.

For more information, contact Bassetlaw Action Centre by writing to [email protected] or call 01777 709650, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm.

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