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Haverhill transport scheme needs volunteer drivers

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Community transport scheme is looking for drivers ENGANL00120120712144302

A community transport service in Haverhill is desperate for more volunteer drivers to get involved.

Three Counties Transport (3CT), which is based at Haverhill House in Lower Downs Slade, offers an invaluable service to people living in Haverhill and the surrounding villages that would otherwise not be able to get out and about.

The scheme, which uses minibuses and cars and caters for wheelchair users, is there to ensure that the vulnerable or isolated the disabled and those that simply don’t have access to public transport, can get around.

Although it has a list of 15 drivers that it is able to call upon more are needed to meet the demand.

3CT deputy manger, Melanie Catten, explained: “So many people don’t know what we have to offer.

“We take people to their hospital appointments or just to do their shopping and back.

“We are really struggling. We have got our regular drivers who do the Dial-a-Ride every day but what we are really struggling with at the moment is drivers who do have their own cars for community transport.”

3CT offers a range of services, including Dial-a-Ride, which operates from Monday to Friday and picks up people from their homes, takes them to where they need to be and back for just £3.

The community car service costs users just 54p for every mile, with no other charges involved and can be vital for things such as making hospital or GP appointments.

Customers have to meet certain criteria before being able to use the service.

Melanie added: “All our men have been doing it for years and they really enjoy it. They get to know their customers and they trust them, they build up a rapport with our people, which is really nice.”

If you would like to help call 3CT on 01440 712028 and speak to either Melanie or Lyn Davies, the manager.

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