Woodbridge: Community transport scheme could be forced to end unless help is found

A community transport scheme for Woodbridge and the surrounding area is in urgent need of help

A community transport scheme for Woodbridge and the surrounding area is in urgent need of help

A transport service that provides a vital lifeline for disadvantaged people could be forced to end unless it receives urgent help.

The Woodbridge Community Car Scheme needs a volunteer co-ordinator for its day-to-day running.

The current co-ordinator will be retiring in the next few weeks, meaning the organisation urgently needs to find a replacement in order to continue.

The scheme sees volunteers using their own vehicles to help vulnerable residents who do not have access to other forms of transport .

It covers Woodbridge and the surrounding areas in Suffolk Coastal, such as Grundisburgh, Bawdsey, Bromeswell and Martlesham.

Secretary Robert Brockbank said: “Without us many local people would struggle to carry out simple tasks such as going shopping, paying bills or attending medical appointments, so anyone who can spare a bit of time would be making a huge difference to the community.

“We need to fill the position as a matter of urgency as without a co-ordinator we simply can’t operate, which would leave many vulnerable local people without the transport they so desperately need in order to live their lives.

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“We need someone to work about eight hours a week on a flexible basis. Their main duties would include receiving calls for journeys and matching them up with the volunteer drivers, maintaining driver records and some general administration work, including paying the drivers’ expenses.

“The person would work from their own home and we would provide all necessary equipment and training.”

Woodbridge Community Car Service is part of St John’s Family Centre Woodbridge Ltd. The service is run entirely by volunteer drivers who use their own cars on a non-profit making basis. Passengers contribute to the cost of a journey.

Anyone interested in the coordinator’s position should contact Mr Brockbank on 01394 383641 or by post at St John’s Family Centre Woodbridge Ltd, St John’s Old Vicarage, 24 St John’s Hill, Woodbridge, IP12 1HS.