One of our members who does voluntary work for the charity Shrewsbury Dial-a-Ride has drawn our attention to the need for voluntary drivers and passenger assistants.
Dial-a-Ride is a service operating within a ten mile radius of Shrewsbury. It is for the use of people who find it difficult or impossible to use public transport for any reason. There are several hundred users in the area, who include young people with learning disabilities, the blind and elderly, and those living in inaccessible spots with no public transport.
For an annual fee of £15 passengers can arrange any number of trips throughout the year at a cost of £1 per ride. Volunteer drivers collect and deliver door to door. Priority is given to medical appointments, but any trip is catered for within the area, and many use the service to do their shopping or to visit friends.
Dial-a-Ride is short both of drivers and of passenger assistants (many clients cannot travel without aid). Volunteers with current driving licences are given appropriate training. Volunteers are welcome for one or more days a week, or to help out on an ad hoc basis. Please contact the Dial-a-Ride office on 01743 450270 for more information.
If you don’t live in the Shrewsbury area, then it is likely there is a similar service near you that also needs volunteers!