Driving for your local community

by Handy Mag

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference?

In our rural area, accessing public transport can be a real challenge, especially for those who are most vulnerable. That’s where award-winning charity, Ryedale Community Transport, comes in. They provide a wide range of transport options to help maintain independence and access to vital services, appointments, education, employment, and even leisure facilities.

With more and more people needing assistance, Ryedale Community Transport is in need of additional volunteer drivers.

Volunteer Car Scheme: If you have your own car, enjoy driving, and love meeting new people, this is the perfect opportunity for you. As a volunteer driver, you’ll pick people up from their homes, take them to their destination, and wait for up to 2 hours before safely driving them back. Plus, you’ll receive tax-free mileage expenses at the end.

Minibus Drivers: Are you already a minibus driver or would you like to drive one? Ryedale Community Transport operates a fleet of vehicles with a maximum capacity of 16 seats and wheelchair-accessible options. As well as an on-demand small bus service, their minibuses are used for group travel for local not-for-profit organisations. Don’t worry if you’ve never driven a minibus before, the charity provides driver training to national standards (MiDAS) and training in the safe use of wheelchair and passenger lifts.

Andrew Fuller, the charity’s chief officer, says, “Our volunteers are an integral part of our charity and you can give as much or little time as you can. By becoming one of our drivers, you won’t just be helping someone in need, but you’ll also have the chance to explore our beautiful countryside!”

If you’re excited about making a difference and joining the team of volunteers at Ryedale Community Transport, call them on 01653 699059, email post@ryedalect.org, or simply visit ryedalect.org for more information.

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