Keith Henser, Coordinator of Baddesley Friends Voluntary Car Scheme, who are looking for volunteers (pictured at Rownhams on the M27)
Drivers stopping for a refuel and a break at Hampshire’s motorway service areas were targeted in a recruitment drive for volunteer community drivers.
Hampshire County Council teamed up with service station contractor, Admedia, to help recruit drivers for community transport schemes as part of its Volunteer Driver Recruitment campaign.
Admedia donated poster advertising space, free of charge, so that campaign posters could be displayed until the end of February at Rownhams on the M27, Winchester and Fleet services on the M3 and Sutton Scotney on the A34. Funding for the posters came from central Government support aimed at supporting local community transport provision.
The campaign aims to increase the number of volunteer drivers to help transport those in need, within their own local community, to get about and maintain their independence. In recruiting volunteer drivers the County Council is working in partnership with Hampshire Volunteer Centres, CVS Network and the Good Neighbours Support Service.
Community transport is provided to help people who cannot use scheduled transport services for whatever reason. Transport provided by community organisations is vital for many people to help them access health services, do the shopping or visit friends and relatives.
Councillor Mel Kendal, former Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Community transport is often a lifeline for people, so we are grateful to anyone who is willing to give up some of their free time to become a volunteer driver. In Hampshire, we are fortunate to have many active community transport schemes who provide a fantastic service.
Volunteering is also a good avenue to meeting new people, stay active and make a difference in your local community.”
Mary Mitchell, Coordinator for the Good Neighbours Support Service, said: “It doesn’t need to be a regular commitment but helping people in your local area is reassuring for the individual concerned and satisfying for you. We welcome the opportunity to promote the need for more volunteer drivers in community transport. We would love to hear from you.”
The campaign is looking for both minibus and car drivers and volunteers can decide what time they want to give. For more information please call the Hampshire Volunteer Centre Network on 0844 499 4088 (Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge) and make a difference in your local area.