Community360 (C360) have been providing transport services in Colchester and Maldon for people in the local community who have limited mobility, those who would otherwise be socially and geographically excluded. This service is now very much up and running again and ready to support the local community.
However, C360 needs more help to ensure as many people as possible who use their services can access it. The charity is asking for more people in the local area to come forward and volunteer as a driver.
Shelley Rudling, Head of Community Transport at Community360 said: “We are delighted that we can resume our transport service but we need more people to come forward and volunteer. Without our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to provide the services we do.”
She added: “A lot of the volunteers have been here a number of years and during the lockdown we had additional volunteers coming forward. However, with many people returning to work we are finding there is now a gap which we need to fill.”
“It’s about giving something back in a service you may need yourself in the future and volunteers get a lot out of helping those that need it.”
The Community Transport scheme provides a door to door service to and from doctor, dental & hospital appointments, medical centres, shopping centres, a prescription collection service and encourages visits to therapy, friends and relatives. In addition, they offer a range of hugely popular excursions offering the opportunity for members to meet new people, enjoy good health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation.
“We are a vital link in our community and offer a number of options for travel to both individuals and groups.” Said Shelley. “We are now very much open for business and would also like to assure clients using our service that we have put social distancing and full covid-19 safety in place. From face coverings and masks being worn by our drivers and clients on our services. We offer ‘back seat’ travel in our social cars if our buses are not accessible and have also introduced card payments on the buses and payment can also be taken over the phone. Our priority is for the safety of our clients and volunteers.”
The Transport Service introduced a virtual excursion programme during the pandemic, which is still being run on a Thursday. The excursion includes a Zoom call, hot meal and desert which is delivered to the client’s home.
The Service currently serve over 1200 members and 219 community groups in Colchester and Maldon. In the last year they have completed over 50,000 journeys.
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