Case Study: Waverley
Mary, 94, from Tilford became a client of TARNS (Tilford And Rushmoor Neighbours Scheme) after she stopped driving a couple of years ago. Mary says: “I’d have to move out of the village if it weren’t for TARNS. There are no longer any local shops and very few buses. I’ve fallen so many times, that I don’t feel confident going out and about on my own.”
Alexa is a volunteer driver for TARNS and helps local people like Mary to get out and about. “You don’t get to see anyone any more now that the local shops have gone so I know how important it is for Mary to make it to her monthly coffee morning” she says. “I volunteered because I thought ‘well, I might need help like that one day’ so I thought I would help out while I still could.”
Becoming a volunteer driver is easy and volunteers can give as much or as little time as they choose, as well as decide the days and times during which they are available.
For more information about how to become a volunteer driver, contact Vicki Turton at Surrey Community Action on 01483 447121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org