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Drive into action – become a volunteer driver and help your community

Each year Surrey’s voluntary car schemes help thousands of elderly and vulnerable people across the county to access hospital appointments, collect prescriptions and to enjoy social events.

Each one is run by local volunteers for the benefit of their communities, by providing lifts for those who may not have easy access to transport.

As the population ages, and as cuts impact on local transport services and result in the centralisation of health services, demand for the service provided by voluntary car schemes is increasing year on year but the number of volunteer drivers is falling in Hersham and across Surrey.

That’s why Surrey Community Action, which provides help to develop new schemes and on-going advice and support to existing schemes, and Surrey County Council have teamed up to boost the number of volunteer drivers.

Becoming a volunteer driver is easy and volunteers can give as much or as little time as they choose, as well as decide the days and times during which they are available.

In return, volunteers are rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping elderly neighbours to live independently for longer. Feedback such as “This is the first time I have been out for six months” and “What would we do without you? We are so grateful for all you do” makes a little bit of effort very worthwhile.

Volunteer drivers are generally required between working hours Monday to Friday as most of the demand is for transport to see a doctor or to attend a hospital appointment. Drivers can commit themselves to as few or as many hours as they choose – some people for example volunteer daily, others weekly and others just once or twice a month.

For more information about how to become a volunteer driver in Hersham, contact Vicki Turton at Surrey Community Action on 01483 447121 or email vickit@surreyca.org.uk