Dial-a-Ride giving elderly residents lifts to vaccination centre

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 21 January 2021

A LOCAL transport service named Dial a Ride, have joined forces with Hinckley and Bosworth Community Transport and Westfield Community Centre, to help elderly and disabled residents head over to and from Hinckley’s only vaccination centre in Hinckley Leisure Centre in Argents Mead to receive their coronavirus vaccines.

The partnership between the Dial-a-Ride service, Community Transport, and the Westfield Community Centre, was formed following recently-raised concerns from residents who were wondering how elderly or disabled residents would be able to access the vaccination site.

The service is being provided for free at the time of publication (21 January), but whilst there may be a high amount of interest shown, the Borough Council have explained that this is only to be used for those who have ‘no other option’ in getting to their vaccination appointment.

All volunteer drivers have been DBS checked and are following the current guidelines in place surrounding the coronavirus.

Cllr Keith Lynch, Executive Member for the Voluntary Sector, said: “This service is another illustration of the great community spirit in our borough.

“It can be difficult for our elderly and disabled to get from one place to another at any time but receiving this vaccination is vitally important, so please share these to details of this service to anyone who may benefit from it.

“It may not be the first vaccination a resident needs help with but the second. Thank you to all those involved.”

Hinckley & Bosworth Community Transport can be contacted through their telephone number on 01455 250462, or emailed on dialaride21@hotmail.com.

Westfields Community Centre can be contacted through two phone numbers: 01455 637516, or 07980 631255. They can be reached through their email address on westfieldvolunteers@westfieldcc.org.uk.

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