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New Transport Scheme Keeps Villagers Connected

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1:28pm 28th June 2013

A new set-up has been introduced to help people living in those hard to reach areas, access transport schemes in Dorset.

A number of volunteer drivers operate around the county taking residents to and from appointments and to the shops.

You can now phone the Council direct and they'll put you in touch with the closest community transport scheme  to help.

The journeys do cost money but act as a lifeline to people living in areas with poor public transport links.

All you have to do is dial 01305 221053 and provide your postcode.

The Customer Services Officer will tell you if there is a scheme near you and give you a contact name and telephone number.

Sue Warr, programme manager for Dorset Partnership for Older People (POPP) said: "There are over 50 clusters of transport schemes in Dorset, mainly run by small teams of volunteers who do a fantastic job in keeping the service running."

"However, we're always on the look out for volunteer drivers to help less mobile people get to hospitals, medical appointments, essential shopping trips and to help them out of isolation. If you have a friendly disposition, are a reliable person who enjoys driving, we would love to hear from you."

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