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Transport Volunteers still here to help ensure local residents get to medical appointments

Fri 11 Jan 2019

Despite a threatened funding cut, Biddulph Voluntary Transport Scheme is as busy as ever, and is encouraging local residents to get in touch with them if they are struggling to get to hospital appointments, doctors, dentists and chiropodists or even to do some shopping or attend a social engagement.

The Scheme, run by local charity Support Staffordshire, is based in Tunstall Road, Biddulph. It has a pool of volunteer drivers who use their own cars to provide transport to people who live in the Staffordshire Moorlands but who have no private transport available and who are unable to use public transport.

The drivers give their time entirely for free but there is a charge for the service to cover administration costs and the drivers’ out-of-pocket expenses. Passengers requiring a lift will need to give as much notice as possible, preferably at least a week. We do our utmost to accommodate people but we cannot guarantee every request: we depend on our volunteer drivers being available so the more notice the better.

If you would like to talk to someone about the scheme or to make a booking please call the Biddulph office on 01782 511659. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday between 10am and 12 noon.

To find out more about becoming a Volunteer Driver, please contact Sally Bentley, Voluntary & Community Transport Officer at Support Staffordshire, on 01538 386888 Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm or email Sally at sally.bentley@supportstaffordshire.org.uk