Help provide service with a smile at mobility charity

Help provide service with a smile at mobility charity

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Sophie Flowers

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Help provide service with a smile at mobility charity
Volunteer driver Alex Andrade

Make a difference to people's lives by volunteering with mobility charity People to Places.

The Vanwall Road charity was founded in 1989 to provide reliable and safe transport for people with restricted mobility in the Royal Borough.

Volunteer coordinator Teresa Burton said: "It gives them some independence and enables them to get to groups and things they couldn't do otherwise."

"Otherwise people would have to rely on taxis which are expensive and don't provide the same level of care," she added.

The charity, with 600 members, operates every day and provided nearly 40,000 journeys in 2010/11. It also completed 7,200 shopping trips, providing scooters and escorts through the ShopMobility scheme.

Volunteers are needed in various roles, from minibus drivers, ShopMobility receptionists, passenger escorts, shopping escorts, scooter ramble leaders and escorts. The charity also needs help with office and administration support, fundraising, photography, membership and volunteer administration, and new roles include desktop publishing, marketing and leaflet distribution.

Potential minibus drivers must be at least 25 and have had a full driving licence for at least two years before they receive nationally-recognised MiDAS training.

Contact Teresa at tburton@people2places.org.uk or call 01628 587927.

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