Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation is pleased to be able to offer a new minibus service for a range of groups and clubs in the town after putting a call out for volunteers.
During 2020, the Foundation used its minibus fleet to create a Community Response Team, a service that helped isolated and older people get access to prescriptions and food. Amidst cuts and a continuing pandemic, the decision was made to pause the operation until it was safe to start again.
Now in 2022, the Foundation is growing its workforce by creating a number of new volunteer roles. Due to this drive and the support from volunteers, they have been able to take on enough volunteers to pilot a new incarnation of the minibus service. If this project is a success, the community bus will come fully into effect sometime in 2023.
Catherine Rose, Volunteering Manager at the Foundation said ‘The minibus service will be a lifeline for people who are living alone and have difficulty leaving the house. We would love to hear from those who can help because by volunteering just a couple of hours a week, you can make such a difference to someone’s life.
‘We have created more volunteer roles to grow our community involvement and add value for Letchworth. Something we couldn’t do without volunteers offering time to support the valuable services such as the minibus and the Family Arts sessions at Broadway Gallery’
The community minibus aims to enable residents to attend social clubs and activities, help meet new people and connect with others in the community.
The Foundation is still looking for more drivers for the minibus and assistants to help those on the bus, the assistant role does not require a driver's license. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, if you are a group in Letchworth that is interested in using this service, please contact us at the Volunteering email address.