Community scheme in Budleigh in need of more volunteers

PUBLISHED: 12:30 03 October 2015

A drive for drivers- Budleigh Salterton and District Voluntary Car Scheme chairman Allan Cooper, sec Barbara Gover, treasurer Margaret Brett and driver Pat Rogers are pictured at Bowmers this week at an event to encourage more people to join their group as drivers. Ref exb 2175-39-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A drive for drivers- Budleigh Salterton and District Voluntary Car Scheme chairman Allan Cooper, sec Barbara Gover, treasurer Margaret Brett and driver Pat Rogers are pictured at Bowmers this week at an event to encourage more people to join their group as drivers. Ref exb 2175-39-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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A community transport scheme is looking for more drivers so it can continue to provide a vital service for the town's pensioners.

Budleigh Salterton and District Voluntary Car Scheme (BSVCS) recently held a recruitment drive to sign up new drivers.

Three new volunteers were signed up and BSVCS chairman Allan Cooper is hopeful of signing up more in the near future.

The volunteer drive, held at Bowmers Restaurant, was part of an effort to spread the workload of its nine drivers.

Mr Cooper said: “The health of the scheme is very good in the sense that we’re only limited in that we can’t get enough drivers. We would like to have 15 drivers, so we can take the peaks and troughs. We have got nine drivers and we want to spread the load. One driver we have does a third of all the journeys.”

He added the service could holdfurther volunteer drives in the future.

BSVCS has been providing transport for elderly people in Budleigh for more than 20 years.

Arranged by TRIP Community Transport in Honiton, the scheme is for people in Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Otterton, Colaton Raleigh, Woodbury and Woodbury Salterton.

Volunteers use their own cars to ferry people to medical appointments, social events or shopping trips.

For all other journeys, there is a mileage rate charge of 70p per passenger per mile.

● Anyone interested in becoming a driver for ‘a few hours’ a week can ring Allan Cooper on 01395 443995 or email dte@dtepac.net

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