Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C


Felixstowe: Volunteers needed to join precious service

14:30 13 January 2013

Some of the team for FACTS with their new minibus - Caroline Hazell, Doris and Harry Riley and Emma Nicholls

Some of the team for FACTS with their new minibus - Caroline Hazell, Doris and Harry Riley and Emma Nicholls


A COMMUNITY transport group is seeking volunteer drivers to help with its increasing workload.


The charity Felixstowe Area Community Transport Scheme (FACTS) has lost four drivers in the past year due to age and ill health.

However, since changes to NHS transport policies were implemented, FACTS – which drastically improves the lives of hundreds of people – has seen the call on its services grow faster than ever with even more people in the Felixstowe, Trimleys, Kirton and Falkenham areas turning to it for help.

Around 12 new volunteers are needed to keep the organisation’s dial-a-ride minibus service and community car schemes running and to meet the growing demands.

FACTS manager Bob Nice said: “The service really does play an important part in the local community and we really need people to get behind us and help us out.

“Without the services we provide many people would be left isolated and have absolutely no access to transport.

“Without transport people will struggle to get to medical appointments, go shopping, pay bills or visit loved ones, which could have a very negative impact on their lives.

“The problem for us is two-fold, firstly we have lost four minibus drivers and need to replace them to ensure our dial-a-ride service can run at an adequate level.

“Secondly, since changes in NHS transport policies, we have been inundated with people needing transport to medical appointments.

“We try never to turn anyone away but we are now struggling to keep up with the extra demand and this is why we need more volunteers, to drive our vehicles and to become passenger assistants, as a matter of urgency.

“If people can just spare a few hours a week it would be very helpful.”

■ FACTS can be contacted on 01394 282857 or by e-mail at facts4bus2car@btconnect


1 comment

  • I think the email address given at the bottom of the article is missing the '.com' part.

    Report this comment


    Monday, January 14, 2013

Philip Heathcote.

The funeral of a Suffolk man gunned down in the massacre on a holiday beach in Tunisia is taking place today.

John McKno

A 70-year-old former maths teacher had denied 13 charges alleging he abused five children at Kesgrave Hall and two other schools.

Ipswich Crown Court.

An Ipswich woman whose sex assault allegations led to the discovery a convicted paedophile deported 11 years ago was back in the UK and working with vulnerable teenagers has broken her silence.

The Golden Boar in Freckenham. Cyclists called 999 after the pub owners refused them tap water.

A tap water argument between pub staff and cyclists broke out in Freckenham after the group asked for a free water bottle fill-up for four.

Firefighters were sent to Claydon

Last night a building in Claydon caught fire with three crews helping to tackle the blaze.

Sudbury silk will now be given special European protection from imitation thanks to laws championed this week by local Suffolk Euro MP Richard Howitt. The Suffolk Euro MP at Vanners Silk Weavers with chairman David Tooth.

It has graced the homes and bodies of celebrities ranging from Michelle Obama to members of the Royal family, but up until now ‘Sudbury silk’ has remained a relatively well-kept secret.

Bristol Pier, Shotley is for sale, by auction

A rare opportunity to buy a Victorian pier at auction

Myriad by David Rickard and Germano Di Chello will grace the grounds of Snape Maltings

An exciting new contemporary sculpture will be built at Snape Maltings next year to give visitors a different way of looking at the landscape.

Avocet kneeling allowing chicks to find shelter under wing

The RSPB is celebrating a record-breaking year for its emblem bird the avocet across its nature reserves - including one of the Suffolk sites where the species made its famous British comeback almost 70 years ago.

A car on Brackenwood Crescent has rolled into a house  causing minor damage.

A bearded dragon narrowly escaped unharmed, if a little bit shaken, after a car slammed into the front of a house in Bury St Edmunds earlier today.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages