Transport

Volunteer drivers needed to expand Lifeline bus service

By John Charlton

Local charity and social enterprise, Aspire Oxford, is appealing for experienced volunteer bus drivers to help expand a community bus service described as a lifeline for isolated elderly people.

Aspire has run this vital bus service in Oxford City for nearly three years, providing a specialist, door-to-door minibus service for hundreds of Oxford’s most vulnerable, elderly and immobile residents. Aspire’s bus service takes elderly residents to social clubs and shopping trips in Oxford City, making a huge difference to their quality of life. Without this service, many of Aspire’s passengers would be unable to leave their homes and would be completely isolated.

Due to increased demand, Aspire was able to expand this bus service after other community transport services had to close following heavy funding cuts. Aspire now needs new drivers to help meet the growing need. They are appealing for experienced volunteer bus drivers to help give elderly residents the life of dignity and respect that they deserve.

Anyone interested in the volunteering opportunities should call Tony, Aspire’s Transport Manager on 01865 204450. Details of the paid job opportunity are also on the Aspire website www.aspireoxford.co.uk/about-us/join/