A helping hand for those in need

VOLUNTEER TODAY: The Manning Valley and Area Community Transport service is seeking volunteers to help clients who have transport limitations. PHOTO: Shutterstock.
VOLUNTEER TODAY: The Manning Valley and Area Community Transport service is seeking volunteers to help clients who have transport limitations. PHOTO: Shutterstock.

LOCAL group Manning Valley and Area Community Transport (MVACTG) are currently seeking new volunteers to join their driving team.

The community transport service assists a large number of people living in the surrounding region to access social, family and cultural events, shopping and medical appointments.

MVACTG driver Wayne Gibson said the service was integral to the day-to-day lives of many people and said anyone with a bit of free time was welcome to enquire about helping out.

"We regularly provide door-to-door car and bus services for people with transport challenges and that might mean they're elderly, are disabled or are needed medical treatment.

"You can volunteer to suit your own schedule whether that be a morning or afternoon shift - a whole day would be brilliant!"

Working with MVACTG as a driver and volunteer for the past 10 years, Wayne said he had seen many volunteers help out over his time.

"Many hands make light work and we're so thankful for everyone who has volunteered," he said, adding the MVACTG are looking for new volunteers to ease the workload of the current team.

"If we have more volunteers, then we can share the workload more easily and it will be a better experience for everyone.

"I know our volunteers have big hearts in wanting to do this and it can sometimes be early starts and long days when it involves transporting people to hospital for cancer of dialysis treatment," he said, adding anybody with a valid licence can volunteer to drive.

"We have many clients with a range of different needs and we are looking for people of all ages to help drive them to where they need to go.

"We have many volunteers who are retirees but it can be very fulfilling for younger people too if they have the time."

With limited public transport options available in the region, Wayne said the service was a necessary part of the community.

"Our clients need this service."

Wayne urged anyone interested in being a volunteer driver for MVACTG should phone (02) 6554 5447.

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