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Love Driving?

Volunteer with your local Link Scheme or Community Minibus Group.

There are currently 45 local Link (volunteer car driver) Schemes and 21 Community Minibus Groups in Wiltshire and Swindon, with a friendly and dedicated community of over 2,000 volunteers who keep vulnerable people connected to vital services including medical care.

Connecting Communities

Approximately 6,800-10,000 rural households have no access to a car in Wiltshire and Swindon. Many of these people also live more than an hour away from a hospital by public transport. Volunteer led community transport services like Link Schemes and Community Minibus Groups support people to access public services easily and more readily.

Relieving Loneliness

Research has shown that community transport services help people to stay healthy and active for longer by improving access to medical care and supporting emotional wellbeing for people who are isolated. Link Schemes and Community Minibus Groups help relieve the burden of loneliness by giving people the opportunity to socialise and remain active in their community.

Your Support, Our Ambition

The local community transport service supported by Community First is one of the most successful schemes in the country. But as the local population increases (and ages), demand for community transport is growing. We are looking for new volunteers in Wiltshire and Swindon to support the service.

To keep up with rising demand, we have ambitious plans for 2017 and we need your help.

Last year volunteer Link drivers travelled over 920,000 miles, connecting local people to vital services. This year we are looking for 150 new volunteers to help us reach a million miles travelled by Link Schemes and significantly increase miles travelled by minibus groups too.

Get Involved

Do you love driving? Do you enjoy meeting people and getting out and about in your local community? Your local Link Scheme or Community Minibus Group would love to hear from you!

With over 2,000 volunteers supporting community transport in Wiltshire and Swindon, you will be joining a friendly group of likeminded people who make a real difference in their local community:

  • Meet new people

  • Help your community

  • Your mileage paid

 

Volunteers

 

Frank

Calne & District Link Scheme

Alexander

Kennet Community Transport

“I’ve been volunteering for 8 years now and I do it because I love driving, I love meeting people and it gets me out of the house for a couple of hours. I find it really invigorating.” “I wouldn’t miss it for the world. It’s obviously doing such a lot of good for a huge amount of people and it’s nice to be involved…You get to meet a lot of local people.”

Sheila

Devizes & District Link Scheme

Peter

Devizes & District Link Scheme

“I like volunteering with Link very much, because it is a way of helping the community, meeting a lot of new people and having some wonderful stories told to me.” “I enjoy helping people and I’ve met some really interesting people which makes it very much worthwhile.”

Volunteering

To find out more about volunteering give us a ring or send us an email. We can send you a volunteer application form and put you in touch with your local Link Scheme or Community Minibus Group:

 

Telephone: 01380 722 241

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More Information

Interested in finding out more about Community Transport in Wiltshire & Swindon? We’ve created a visual guide to the service in our Visual Guide to Wiltshire Link Schemes and Community Minibus Groups 2017 infographic (click on the link and then click on the image again and it will enlarge to a full size image)

In their own words: Watch a short film featuring some of our volunteers

Contact details

For contact information about your Local Link scheme please see the ‘Directory.

The Link Project
Community First
Unit C2
Beacon Business Centre
Hopton Park
Devizes
SN10 2EY

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