Two initiatives that help people get out and about have launched a recruiting drive for more volunteer drivers and escorts so that they can meet the demand for their services.
Community Cars – a scheme run under the charity Community Action Dacorum – needs volunteers with their own cars who are willing to spare a few hours to take someone less able to the shops or to keep appointments, to visit relatives and on other short journeys.
Marketing co-ordinator Deborah Fogden said: “It is really to help people who can’t use public transport or taxis.
“Because of their mobility issues, they need a little bit of extra help from their door to the car and someone to stay with them.
“We haven’t got the drivers to meet the need and we have had to say no to some, which we hate to do.”
Volunteer drivers receive 45p per mile in expenses and there are no additional insurance requirements.
Deborah said it may suit a recently retired person, mums who have some time on their hands or someone who is currently looking for work.
Another scheme to get people out of their homes, launched this year, also needs helpers in the form of minibus drivers and escorts.
Door to Store, already available for people in Bovingdon and Kings Langley but soon to be expanded to other areas – takes people on their weekly grocery shop.
“The grocery shopping is secondary, the main reason for it is social,” said Deborah. “It might be the only time they leave the house.”
To find out more about volunteering call 01442 253935.