Need for volunteer drivers accelerates

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new volunteer driver service needs more people to get behind the wheel as demand overtakes supply.

Alexandra Community Advice Network (Acan) launched the service in July to help people get to places such as medical appointments, the shops or library.

Three months on, the group needs more volunteer drivers due to a growing number of people requiring assistance to get from A to B.

Alexandra Community Advice Network co-ordinator Sue Tait said word of mouth and a referral system had boosted demand over recent weeks, prompting the need to get more drivers on the books.

‘‘Another four or five would be so good,’’ she said.

The group was looking for anyone who had spare time, were aged at least 25 and had their own vehicle.

They are required to pick people up from their home and take them to and from appointments.

‘‘It might only be once a week or fortnight, just whatever they can do,’’ Mrs Tait said.

When someone in need of transport contacts the group, an email is sent to all drivers and anyone who can assist ‘‘replies to all’’.

The service is not free.

Clients were asked to make a donation of $5 if they required the service within Alexandra or $10 for a return trip to Clyde.

The money is then distributed back to the drivers twice a year by the network.

Anyone who wants to assist the service can email alexcan@ach.org.nz

or visit Acan at Alexandra Community House to get an application form.