Do you enjoy driving? Do you have your own transport? Could you spare a local charity a few hours a week? If so you could make a big difference in your local community.
Medical charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is urgently seeking volunteer drivers to transport members who live in Girvan to and from its weekly Thursday stroke group in Maybole. The group supports people who have had a stroke, helping them with communication difficulties and offering support and social activities. The service depends entirely on the help of local volunteers as Local Coordinator Diane Barclay explained:
“Often lack of transport prevents people from attending our groups so we are appealing for volunteer drivers to help. We need car owners with local knowledge who are physically fit, reliable and caring. No experience is required as full training is provided and expenses reimbursed. The level of involvement can be arranged to suit; it does not have to entail a weekly commitment. If you could spare the time to come and join our friendly volunteer team please call me on 01292 262381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Volunteering gives you the opportunity to learn new and use existing skills, meet interesting people and work as part of a team. You can put something back into your community and make a real difference in someone’s life. Perhaps most importantly, you can enjoy yourself! Our volunteer programme holds the prestigious Investors in Volunteers status so you can be sure of a rewarding experience. ”
Stroke is the major cause of disability throughout Scottish communities and in Ayr alone nearly 2,000 people are living with the effects of this condition. As well as stroke groups CHSS offers a number of other services for people affected by chest, heart and stroke illness. These include an Advice Line (0845 077 6000) staffed by specialist nurses which provides confidential, independent advice and a website where information and useful links can be found and publications downloaded at www.chss.org.uk.
If you are interested in accessing any of these services or could offer your time as a volunteer driver please contact Diane Barclay who is waiting to take your call. Please call today and help CHSS work together for a healthier future.