by Mike Isle
A hui of community vehicle trust volunteers met this week at Environment Canterbury to hear that they had jointly donated more than 17,300 hours of time.
In the last year, nearly 35,000 passengers have collectively been driven more than 623,000 kilometres.
“Having a dignified and affordable means of transport is so crucial in allowing people to remain in their own homes and to maintain their community links, so we are pleased to offer our continued support to community vehicle trusts,” says community transport adviser Isabelle Bromham.
Raegan Kitto, clinical manager of Social Work for Older Persons Health, described the volunteers as ‘incredible’ during her presentation.
The event also helped the vehicle trust members with advice on recruiting volunteers, safe driving on rural roads and volunteering in the 21st century, before individual presentations from some of the vehicle trusts.
There are currently 15 vehicle trusts operating across Canterbury. They are best suited to smaller rural towns with an ageing population, that do not have bus or taxi services.