Community Service Volunteers (Wales)

Community Service Volunteers (Wales)
Social care and welfare

Community Service Volunteers (Wales)

'A driving force in Pembrokeshire'

Pembrokeshire is a rural county blessed with beautiful scenery, making it the perfect place for people to retire to. However, many people from this large elderly population find themselves caring for a ill partner or sometimes a disabled adult child. Isolation can soon set in if a carer doesn’t have their own car, as public transport is very limited in the area. Pembrokeshire’s Cars for Carers project was established in response to this.

Volunteers are drawn from other older people in the community and the project offers carers transport up to seven times a fortnight. These journeys may be trips to hospital, or to the shops. ‘They might want to go and see friends or family or go for a walk on the beach. A bit of peace and quiet or a giggle with friends can be essential to people’s sanity,’ says Rachel Evans, project development worker.

Now more than 130 carers use the project and there are around 30 volunteer drivers. Evans points out the quality of the volunteers. ‘Often they go beyond the call of duty and help hang out the washing or they do some of the shopping.’

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