Driver appeal for community car service

Mayor of Pocklington David Sykes with Marie Louise Robinson
Mayor of Pocklington David Sykes with Marie Louise Robinson

A community lift scheme is now setting up a car service to help elderly, disabled and vulnerable people.

Beverley Community Lift is appealing for volunteer drivers as the charity looks to set up a “24/7 responsive scheme” in the town.

The charity has been rinning a minibus service in Pocklington for a number of years, but is now looking to provide more responsive service.

A similar car scheme was set up in Market Weighton a couple of years ago and the charity has received feedback that Pocklington could also benefit.

Jan Stainforth, chief executive officer, said: “We have begun to set the car scheme up here in Pocklington in conjunction with the surgery and meeting with various local people.”

So far 15 volunteer drivers have signed up and more than 40 people have registered to use the service.

Marie Louise Robinson, of the charity, said: “The car service is about local people helping other people. We are a charity but it’s all about the community getting involved so the volunteer drivers are from within Pocklington and the people who will be benefiting are from within Pocklington.”

She added: “We are helping very vulnerable people. These are elderly and disabled passangers who cannot use any other form of public transport maybe beacause it is not available or maybe because it is not wheelchair accessible. So that’s where we can come in and maybe fill a bit of a gap.”

Passengers pay a comparable fee and drivers are reimbursed up to 40p a mile.

Service users can arrange to be taken to doctors’ appointments, on trips to the shops or further afield.

The group hopes to expand to villages if there is a demand. To volunteer or register your interest call (01482) 868082.