A £20,000 grant from the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled Syston and District Volunteer Centre to purchase additional vehicle(s) which will used in helping vulnerable residents of Syston and neighbouring communities to overcome the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.
A team of volunteer drivers will help the elderly, infirm, rurally isolated and other vulnerable people to maintain family and community links, do their own shopping and keep hospital and doctors’ appointments. The vehicle can also be used to carry and deliver groceries and other essential supplies to those who are ‘shielding’ and unable to leave their homes.
Paul Lomas, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Centre, says: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant which offers further recognition of the importance and high quality of the services the Centre provides within our local community. The new vehicle(s) will offer flexible and safe transport options for those in need.
Over the coming months, we are planning an intensive recruitment campaign to attract more volunteer drivers – either those using their own cars, in return for a generous mileage allowance, or, after appropriate training, to drive the new vehicle.
Once current restrictions are relaxed, to permit group trips and excursions to be organised once again, we will also need drivers for our minibuses.I would ask anyone who has a few hours to spare and who might be interested in joining our team of volunteer drivers, to contact our Centre Manager, Andy Shelton, who will be happy to provide full details of this very rewarding form of voluntary service.”