23rd Oct, 2017

Vital service that transport disabled in Coventry could close if no volunteers come forward

Shaun Reynolds 18th Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A VITAL service for a city enterprise club is under threat due to a shortage of volunteers.

The Enterprise Club for disabled people is an independent charity based in Stoke that has provided social and leisure activities for the disabled since 1938.

Now, general manager Jill Simms has warned that without volunteer drivers, the club’s popular minibus service will not continue into 2016.

Currently, the charity operates three accessible minibuses that provide transport which enable disabled members to attend regular activities.

However the service relies on volunteers who offer their services once per month on either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday evening.

Jill admitted that the club is now in a desperate situation and require six new volunteers to send all three vehicles out at the start of the New Year.

She added: “Over 85 per cent of our 150 members rely on our mini buses.

“We’re looking for drivers who can volunteer just once a month – it really does help.

“We have a huge age range of members from 18 and upwards, drivers would transport them to social evenings, art events and sports nights.

“We have people here to provide the training required, just a basic driving licence is all that we require.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Enterprise Club, contact 02476 451066 or visit their website – www.enterpriseclub.org

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