Link Schemes are voluntary groups which offer transport and ‘good neighbour’ services to local people who are in need, perhaps because they are elderly, disabled, isolated and lonely, single parents, or perhaps temporarily in need because of illness. Due to Covid-19, the schemes have now found themselves suffering from a large number of volunteers being unable to drive because of age and or vulnerability.
These essential services provide a safety net for those unable to access services in other ways. Link Schemes aim to complement other services, statutory and voluntary. They operate as small, independent charitable organisations and all volunteers use their own private vehicles (insurance and DBS checks are carried out).
To demonstrate the level of support the schemes offer, last year they made 31,351 health related journeys and completed 48,027 ‘good neighbour’ tasks, for example collecting prescriptions and shopping.
Link desperately needs your support in promoting our recruitment drive to find new volunteers across Wiltshire to keep this vital service going in these times.
If you feel you might be able to help out, please contact Community First – you’ll find more details here.