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Volunteer Drivers Needed for Ribble Valley Community Bus

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ALL ABOARD – Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate, Little Green Bus chief executive Donna Atkinson and Ian Sayers, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community transport champion.
Published Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A community bus service in Ribble Valley that prevents elderly and vulnerable residents from becoming "prisoners in their own homes" is looking for volunteer drivers.

The Little Green Bus, supported by Ribble Valley Borough Council, provides door-to-door transport for elderly and vulnerable residents via fully-accessible minibuses, a volunteer car scheme that transports passengers to and from medical appointments and a programme of Friday trips aimed at reducing rural isolation.

Ian Sayers, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community transport champion, said: "The Little Green Bus is a vital lifeline in a large rural community, where many elderly and vulnerable residents live in isolation.

“In fact, two passengers who developed a friendship on our weekly shopping trips went on holiday together, something they would not have contemplated on their own.”

The Little Green Bus, started seven years ago, has five 16-seater minibuses and 27 volunteer drivers offering affordable travel to over 900 residents and 50 community groups.

As well as being thoroughly appreciated, volunteer drivers receive ongoing training and support, insurance cover and expenses. 

Little Green Bus chief executive Donna Atkinson added: "Our drivers are marvellous individuals, who volunteer their time to help us assist people, who without our services would be prisoners in their own homes.

“We can never have enough drivers and would love to hear from anyone interested in joining this wonderful team.”

Further details on becoming a Little Green Bus volunteer driver or passenger are available from 01200 444484 or littlegreenbus.org.uk.

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