Downton Link - drivers needed

Downton Link needs new volunteer drivers, in order to be able to continue the work that they do.  Meeting the needs of clients during the Covid 19 pandemic has been a challenge due to the current age profile of the volunteer drivers - in accordance with Government guidelines, drivers aged 70+ are not being asked to transport clients at the moment.  However, thanks to a handful of drivers under 70, The Link has at least maintained the service of transporting clients safely to essential medical appointments at local hospitals and the surgery.  However, more drivers are needed, as older volunteers retire from driving.  Age is no bar to volunteering - but lowering the age profile, particularly at this time, is a priority.  So, if you can spare some time (especially if you are under 70), as much or as little as you are able, they would love to hear from you.

Most readers will be aware of the work of Downton Link.  What you may not know is that "The Link" is part of a network of over 40 Link schemes throughout Wiltshire offering transport support for the elderly and vulnerable.  They take clients not only to important medical appointments but also to social activities such as church and friendship lunches, Friday Café or just to the local hairdresser or to do some shopping.  For people living in a rural area where public transport is limited, The Link provides a lifeline  - particularly for those living alone. The service covers not just Downton but also Woodfalls and Redlynch and surrounding villages as far as Woodgreen and Breamore and Charlton-all-Saints.

 

As we begin to emerge from this pandemic so the demand for their services will inevitably increase and is eventually likely to return to pre-pandemic levels. In 2019 volunteer drivers covered almost 21,000 miles on Link journeys.  Happily, due to the donations from  grateful clients, they are able to balance the books satisfactorily - the main issue is having the drivers available in order to satisfy demand.

 

A call or an e-mail places you under no obligation.  To find out more: call 513807 or email: info@downtonlink.org.uk