HELP’s voluntary car driving services in Ripon and Harrogate have clocked up a new record: Jointly their drivers took passengers on 6,700 trips over the 12 months until end March 2017.

The drivers offer their time to help local people, who may otherwise struggle to get out and about. Just some of the journeys include help to reach medical appointments, to go shopping, to attend day centres and supported employment, as well as attend community based social activities.

Passengers also benefit from the social contact provided by the drivers and look forward to seeing a familiar, friendly face for a catch up on their regular journeys. In the words of one client:

“I enjoy being picked up door to door. Three times recently I have been helped with important journeys, and each time I was cared for with thoughtfulness and kindness.”

In recognition of the volunteer drivers’ commitment and support, Mayor of Harrogate, Cllr Nick Brown, recently presented some of the drivers with a certificate of thanks.

Due to rising demand, the service is always in need of volunteer drivers. Frances Elliot, HELP’s Head of Practical Services said: “This is a really flexible volunteering opportunity. Drivers can offer their time as little or as often as they like, depending on their availability and it’s a great way of helping local people in a practical way.”

If you would like to know more, please get in touch with the HELP office on 01423 813090 or or click here