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11 November 2021

Cumbria County Council is seeking voluntary drivers and coordinators

Cumbria County Council organises a Voluntary Social Car Scheme, which helps to provide transport to members of the community across Cumbria and are now looking for new volunteers to help.

The County Council’s Community Transport service has a team of over 175 volunteers who have made many journeys helping to get people out and about. There are around 50 voluntary social car schemes operating throughout Cumbria providing journeys for people who need to do the weekly shop, see the doctor, or visit friends.

We are on the lookout for more people who can spare some of their time to be volunteer scheme coordinators or drivers. All expenses are reimbursed.

Do you have time to help, want to give back to your community, have the chance to meet new people, learn new skills and boost your confidence?  If so, these voluntary roles might be for you:

Coordinators

If you are a natural organiser, can co-ordinate diaries and collection/drop off times, and can easily talk to a varied audience, then being a volunteer transport Coordinator might be for you.

We are currently looking to recruit a volunteer coordinator to cover the following areas (all expenses are reimbursed, and the role can be organised anywhere in the county):

  • Maryport
  • Whitehaven
  • St Bees
  • Egremont
  • Cleator Moor
  • Workington

Please note that the scheme will be suspended at the end of November if we are unsuccessful in recruiting, please get in touch if you think you can help.

Drivers

If you enjoy driving, are approachable, helpful, and can chat to the public, then this may be an ideal volunteer role for you. Drivers provide transport for people, using their own car and will be paid fuel expenses.

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said:

“Our volunteers do an outstanding and meaningful job. They play a vital role in getting people out and about and we couldn’t provide this service without their valued efforts. We’re always looking for more volunteers to support our community transport schemes, so if you have some time to spare and feel that you could help, we’d really like to hear from you”.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Katy Wood, the council’s Voluntary Transport Officer on mobile: 07788396194 or email integrated.transport@cumbria.gov.uk.

Please visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/voluntarycarscheme for more information.


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Cumbria County Council organises a Voluntary Social Car Scheme, which helps to provide transport to members of the community across Cumbria and are now looking for new volunteers to help.