A volunteer car scheme is appealing for more drivers to help it cope with the demand from Cheadle people who are without their own transport who use it to get to medical appointments, shopping and social meetings too.
The Cheadle office of Support Staffordshire (Staffordshire Moorlands) Voluntary Transport Scheme currently has 18 drivers in the Cheadle area who help provide the vital service for people who are without their own vehicle and who find it difficult to access buses.
The scheme is open to any Staffordshire Moorlands resident meeting the scheme's criteria and will take passengers to venues across North Staffordshire and further afield if required.
Brian Harvey, one of the current Volunteer Drivers, said: "I volunteered initially because I enjoy driving. But I get a good deal of personal satisfaction from knowing that I am being useful and I get to meet a lot of nice people.
"As a retired person it gets me out of the house and is well worth while."
Support is offered to the volunteer drivers by Support Staffordshire (Staffordshire Moorlands), the organisation which operates the scheme.
Sally Bentley, Community Transport Officer at Support Staffordshire, said: "All volunteers are supported and asked to simply give as much time as they wish - it is your choice how much you do.
"All drivers receive out-of-pocket expenses, including mileage at 45p per mile."
To find out more about becoming a Volunteer Driver, call Sally on 01538 386888 Monday to Friday between 9am and 1pm or email Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Support Staffordshire call into the Staffordshire Moorlands branch directly at 9 High Street, Leek or call 01538 398240.