Community Cars Service Steps Up A Gear

The Disability Information Bureau (DIB) in Macclesfield is looking for more volunteer drivers to support its new Community Cars initiatives, and local MP, David Rutley, met recently with representatives from the charity, to give his support to its plans.

Community Cars enables residents in the Macclesfield area who are unable to use public transport or taxis due to mobility or medical reasons, whether permanent or temporary, to get out and about. Typical journeys include travel to hospital or doctor appointments; visits to friends or relatives; dental appointments; visits to support groups; or for shopping. Journeys are pre-booked, and clients need to register with the scheme to assist with scheduling. Journeys entail a fair and realistic charge depending on length and distance.

David spoke with Leanne Lake, DIB Employment Mentor, who explained that the scheme is already proving popular. As well as providing an important practical service for local people with mobility challenges, the Community Cars initiative is intended to have a social element, enabling users to chat to their drivers, helping to tackle loneliness and isolation.

The DIB is seeking additional drivers to help support the service going forward. All expenses will be covered, with drivers receiving reimbursement for the cost of petrol, and they do not need to pay parking charges. Anyone interested in applying to support the scheme can express their interest by telephone on 01625 501 759, by email at Leanne.lake@dibservices.org.uk, or by visiting Shopmobility in Churchill Way in Macclesfield town centre.

DIB are also on the lookout for community-minded local business to get involved and leave their mark on the development and sustainability of key initiatives like Community Cars. To mark 25 years at the forefront of holistic disability provision in the region, they are offering opportunities to form bespoke corporate partnerships with the charity. If any local business would like to learn more about linking in with DIB, the current North East Cheshire Business Awards Charity of the year, they are invited to contact John Boardman, Fundraising Manager for the DIB, at john.boardman@dibservices.org.uk

Speaking after his meeting, David said, “The Disability Information Bureau’s Community Cars scheme is already becoming an important way to help older or disabled people in our communities get out and about and lead more fulfilling and independent lives, as well as helping to combat loneliness. I hope local residents will look into the benefits of volunteering with the scheme and I will continue to support it in the months ahead.”