Volunteer drivers wanted for Richmond centre for dementia sufferers

Garget Walker House.

Volunteer drivers are urgently being sought for a Richmond facility which works with dementia sufferers.

Garget Walker House, which is run by charity Dementia Forward, provides day services, known as hub clubs, from Monday to Thursday each week, which are a life-line for people with dementia, and offer respite time for families.

Stokesley Community Care Association is recruiting and supporting volunteer drivers to collect people from the surrounding area to bring them to Richmond for a full day of activity, a service that is possible thanks to the support of the Friends of Garget Walker House.

Due to a demand on their services, Stokesley CCA are looking for more drivers to join the volunteer driving team.

In particular, they would like to hear from volunteers interested in supporting Dementia Forward’s services in Richmond, so that they never have to leave a family in the position where someone with dementia isn’t able to attend a hub club.

Drivers use their own car, can choose which days of the week work for them and are reimbursed for their travel expenses.

A spokesperson for Stokesley CAA said: “This is a fantastic role for anyone who enjoys driving and would like to support local people for whom spending time socialising and taking part in activity is so important.

“As one current driver says ‘I have been doing volunteer driving for nearly 6 years now. I find that the satisfaction it gives me to be able to “give back“ to my community very rewarding. I get to meet some very interesting people whilst taking them to their medical appointments.

“Their appreciation and the thanks I receive makes what I do worthwhile.”

If you are interested in registering as a volunteer driver, please contact Stokesley CCA on 01642 710085 or email volunteering@stokesleycca.org.uk

If you or someone you know would like support from Dementia Forward, please call the helpline on 03300 578592 or email info@dementiaforward.org.uk

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