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Pinchbeck joins South Holland Voluntary Car Scheme




Could you volunteer for a low-cost transport scheme in South Holland for hospital visits, like Angela Newton? Photo by Tim Wilson. SG070917-130TW. (3019052)
Could you volunteer for a low-cost transport scheme in South Holland for hospital visits, like Angela Newton? Photo by Tim Wilson. SG070917-130TW. (3019052)

Pinchbeck villagers can now take advantage of a "phone and book" transport scheme serving South Holland.

Requests from villagers have led Pinchbeck Parish Council to join South Holland Voluntary Car Scheme which provided transport for dental and medical visits.

The scheme, set up more than 30 years ago, sees volunteer drivers take passengers to and from hospitals or surgeries at a low-cost, subsidised rate.

Previously, Pinchbeck was a non-member of the scheme because the parish council did not subscribe to it in the form of making a financial contribution.

But during the council's annual meeting in March, district and county councillor Angela Newton revealed that at least four requests a week for the scheme came from people in Pinchbeck.

Pinchbeck Parish Council news. (3019216)
Pinchbeck Parish Council news. (3019216)

Previously, villagers faced having their requests turned down as Pinchbeck village was a non-member of the scheme.

But a parish council spokesman said: "We are now subscribing to the South Holland Voluntary Car Scheme, the aim of which is to help those in the parish who require transport for hospital, doctor or other, similar visits.

"The objective is to provide low-cost, subsidised transport to people in need but who are without their own transport.

"We are looking for a volunteer who would be willing to become the scheme's co-ordinator for the parish.

"This would involve taking calls from people wishing to book their transport and then allocating a driver to the journey.

"It is suggested that calls will be received between 10am to noon on weekdays only, with passengers required to give notice in advance of their requested journey.

"We are also looking for drivers who are willing to give up their time to take residents to their appointments.

"These are voluntary positions but drivers will be reimbursed for their journeys."

If you want to become a co-ordinator or driver for the scheme in Pinchbeck, you should call Barbara Camps on 01775 724348.



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