A community transport charity which provides travel life-lines for people in need has received a boost from Sanctuary Housing.
Sanctuary is funding professional training for Wyvern Community Transport drivers, including volunteers, who operate wheelchair accessible vehicles in the Rochford District and Castle Point Borough.
The vital door-to-door service delivers transportation to those who find it difficult to gain access to public transport due to age, health, physical or mental disabilities, or poverty.
The training will enable new drivers to obtain their Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) certificate and existing drivers to renew their qualification.
Julie-Ann Smith, from Wyvern Community Transport, said: “Many of our drivers have found employment since gaining their MiDAS qualification, so new volunteers now require training.
“Continuing our level of service will enable our members in the Rochford District to feel less isolated and engage with their community.”
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “Those who have no other way of getting around will access the services they need, helping them to live more active, healthier, happier lives.”
Sanctuary is supporting the project through its Maureen’s Gift fund, which provides funding to charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations in need of financial help to deliver community activities in the Rochford district. It was set up in 2011 in memory of local community champion Maureen Vince.