‘Friendly’ volunteer drivers required for Hinckley’s ‘lifeline’ Dial a Ride service

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 21 September 2022

FRIENDLY VOLUNTEER DRIVERS are needed to help drive for Hinckley and Bosworth’s local ‘Dial a Ride’ service, which serves as a ‘lifeline’ to many borough residents.

A stock photo of a woman driving in her car. (Image: Peter Fazekas/Pexels)

The service, provided by local registered charity Hinckley and Bosworth Community Transport, has helped elderly and disabled residents for the past 30 years in getting around to hospital appointments, shopping, and visiting both friends and family.

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Dial a Ride had many volunteers helping to deliver medication and shopping for ‘vulnerable’ community members in the borough.

But now, they have reached a point where they need even more drivers to volunteer their time and get on board with the voluntary service.

Volunteers would use their own vehicles, have to be over the age of 25, and agree to a DBS check. Mileage would be paid for by the charity, so it would only cost your time.

A spokesperson for Hinckley and Bosworth Community Transport, said: “You will meet some amazing people, whilst making a positive impact to their lives by helping them get to the activities and appointments that are important to them to help alleviate social isolation, supporting their physical and mental wellbeing.”

Other volunteers explained how ‘rewarding’ the role is, as they are able to meet with people and help their community whilst improving their own feeling of wellbeing.

Dial a Ride passengers stated that the service has been “an absolute lifeline, with such wonderful volunteers”.

Those interested in volunteering are being encouraged to call Lindsey Short on 01455 250462, or alternatively emailing dialaride21@hotmail.com. More details can be found through the ‘Dial a Ride’ section on the charity’s official website.

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