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Buckland Newton

Neighbourhood

Car Scheme and

‘Community

Connections’

Buckland Newton Community Website
in the heart of rural Dorset

Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Car Scheme

I thought that I should just let everyone know that these two services (see below for ‘Community Connections’ information) are up and running again if you need support either getting to appointments, or matching up with someone who may be able to assist you doing those little things you struggle with. If anyone would like to join our band of volunteers there is no commitment to be available on set days, it is all run very informally. For more information give me a call on 07733 849264. Or email on bncarsheme@gmail.com  At present we need new drivers. A driver may complete 1 to 10 journeys in any 3 month period. Our drivers collect 50p per mile from their passenger and are paid 45p per mile. No one does it just for love Sheila Crouch, Car Scheme Co-ordinator Comments from those using our service include: “It’s the only way I can go anywhere now as I cannot use the bus anymore. It means I can keep my independence” “My family live 20 miles away and they work, so it isn’t always convenient for them to pick me up and take me to doctors’ appointments and I couldn’t get there any other way now.” Our drivers get a lot of  satisfaction from volunteering too: “I think the general thought of all us drivers is the immense satisfaction we get from enabling our more mature and less able neighbours to remain independent! In return we get some lovely company!!” “I am doing something to help other people and it makes me feel valued. Driving is something that I am still able to do! The people who use the service are really appreciative of what we do and they are all really nice!”

Community Connections Volunteer Group

Your neighbourly contact number is 01 300 345 850 Community Connections is your local, up and running, friendly, informal, self help group, for the village - by the village. As we are “self isolating” due to our ‘full house’ of pre existing conditions, we are offering to act as dedicated co-ordinators for all villagers who may need support. And, most importantly, for all those who are kindly offering to help, including our dedicated Parish Councillors who have published their individual phone numbers. But we will need even more going forward. Maybe you could be a helper too? Just by phoning a friend in need, a neighbour or acquaintance or picking something up from the shop? Use this phone number, in the first instance, for help and advice, and we will do our best to put you in contact with all the right people at the right time. We need to look out for and support all our friends and neighbours. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call.  Stay well and happy. Chris and Janey Hildred