Volunteering on the increase in the Five Valleys
12:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
VOLUNTEER centres in Stroud and Dursely have seen a marked increase in the numbers of people looking to help out in their communities.
According to the Stroud-based Volunteer and Community Action organisation, which held its annual general meeting on Thursday (October 17), there has been a 15 per cent increase in new volunteers over the past year.
VCA, which operates the Volunteer Centre, Ring and Ride and the Volunteer Car Service, said the number of people registering online to volunteer had seen a particularly sharp increase.
Of the 662 new volunteers who signed up with the centres, 482 did so via the Internet – a 40 per cent jump on last year.
In total, the organisation’s Ring and Ride buses carried 24,727 passengers covering some 79,765 miles in 2012, while the Volunteer Car Service drove 8,587 passengers a total of 99,661 miles in the same period.
Marc Oboussier, of VCA, said: “The elderly, frail and those living in an area not serviced by a regular bus route would find life extremely difficult without these invaluable services.
“The mini-buses which are all wheelchair accessible take people for visits to the doctors, dentists, opticians, hospitals and shopping trips.”
To find out more about volunteering opportunities visit: www.do-it.org.uk
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