Richmondshire car scheme fills public transport void

Volunteer driver Bill Smith.

With the decline in the bus service in Richmondshire and the dwindling public services available locally, transport for those without a car can be a big challenge.

The Richmondshire Community Car Scheme has been operating successfully for a number of years and continues to do what it can to help provide an additional transport option for people who due to age, disability, health condition, rural isolation or lack of services, cannot use public transport.

The scheme operates with volunteers who use their own cars to drive people to medical appointments, occasional shopping or social trips.

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Each journey is costed using a set mileage charge.

Kay Hayward, from Stokesley Community Care Association, which runs the service, said the scheme was a lifeline for many people who were either cut off from public transport or unable to use it.

Living in Richmondshire can mean people have big distances to cover when they go anywhere, and public transport is patchy.

They rely on this door-to-door transport to provide affordable access to medical or social services.”

All volunteer drivers are security checked and enjoy being able to help others, said Kay.

At present the charity has 40 volunteer car drivers, without whom they would be able to operate the scheme, but they are currently looking for more volunteers to join the team.

A full induction and ongoing training is provided, along with drivers’ expenses at 45p per mile.

If you have a car and some time to spare, call Kay on 01642-710085 to find out more.

If you or someone you know would like to use the scheme, call 01642-710190.

The office is open every weekday from 9am to 5pm.