Coordinator needed for town voluntary car scheme

Outgoing coordinator of Long Sutton voluntary car scheme, Paul Clark, with South Holland service coordinator Michael Rate.
Outgoing coordinator of Long Sutton voluntary car scheme, Paul Clark, with South Holland service coordinator Michael Rate.

A chance to be part of Long Sutton voluntary car scheme has emerged with its current coordinator due to step down next month.

Paul Clark is giving up the role after four years of helping thousands of elderly people get to hospital appointments, dental check-ups and sight tests.

The scheme, which also covers Gedney and Lutton, was used by more than 2,000 people last year and someone with good organisational and communication skills is needed to book journeys for clients.

Paul said: “We currently make about 50 journeys a week with people from the area and 99 per cent of those are appointments for medical purposes, including hospitals, health centres, dentists and opticians.

“There are nine drivers who are slightly busier than normal because they’re also helping out in Sutton Bridge, but we’re just about coping at the moment.

“However, I’m finishing as coordinator for the area at the end of September and we urgently need someone to take over who is good at communicating with people from all walks of life and can work from home.”

The role is open to men and women willing to give up about 30 hours a week, but it isn’t necessary for the new coordinator to work as a driver as well.

Paul said: “The number of people using the scheme has gone up year by year because it eliminates the problem of parking charges at hospitals.

“Being coordinator is fantastic and very rewarding because all our clients fully appreciate what we do.”

Anyone interested should call Paul on 01406 365303.