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Community transport service seeks drivers

PUBLISHED: 10:47 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:47 11 February 2015

Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds

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With Valentine's Day looming a Suffolk charity is asking kind-hearted individuals to show some love to their community.

BSEVC – which runs a number of community transport services in and around Bury St Edmunds – is looking to recruit volunteer drivers and passenger assistants to help provide vital transport and support to older or disadvantaged people, and other groups. The services enable them to attend medical appointments, go shopping, pay bills, enjoy social activities and visit family and friends.

Hazel Pidsley, BSEVC chief officer, said: “We are asking anyone who could give a minimum of four hours of their time to get in touch as their gift of time will mean so much to so many people in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area. Our community transport services provide a lifeline to many vulnerable people allowing them to carry out routine tasks that most of us take for granted. Our services also prevent people from becoming isolated and allow them a better quality of life.

“Anyone who is interested in helping us to support some of the most vulnerable members of our community should get in touch and we will arrange a taster session for them to attend.”

Drivers must be over 21 and have a D1 on their licence. Passenger assistants travel with a minibus and support people on and off the buses. Free training and support will be given to all new volunteers.

Call 01284 724545 or email communitytransport@bsevc.co.uk for details.

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