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Second vital boost for volunteer taxi scheme from wind farm fund

19 April 2013

The North Argyll Volunteer Car Scheme (NAVCS) is now able to expand thanks to a second cash injection from RWE npower renewables’ An Suidhe Wind Farm Community Fund.

The £2000 award will contribute towards the running of the car scheme; as the previous award of £1000 did in 2012. NAVCS provides a vital and important community service by enabling those living in remote rural areas that do not have a car and are unable to access public transport; to be driven by volunteers when they need to make a trip. Journeys to medical appointments account for around 60% of the scheme’s usage with other trips being made for shopping and for church services.

Overall, the scheme coordinates around 175 passenger journeys a month, covering 2000 miles and supported by around 200 hours of volunteer driving time. Currently it operates within the community council areas of Glenorchy & Innishail, and Dalavich & Kilchrenan however this funding will aid the scheme’s expansion programme to include a further six community council areas in North Argyll, at the request of Argyll & Bute Council.

Christina Wills from NAVCS said: “This additional £2000 is an important contribution to our day-to-day running costs, helping us to maintain a service in some of Argyll’s more remote mainland areas.

“Some of our passengers are temporarily unable to travel independently due to accident or illness. But most are older, not as fit as they used to be, and have some degree of difficulty in using public transport. By organising volunteers to provide lifts in their own cars, we can help our passengers feel able to remain at home, within their own communities, knowing that help is available for travel to essential services.”

Kathryn Harries, UK Community Investment Officer with RWE npower renewables, said: “We are delighted our community funds can provide support where it is most needed to really make a difference to the day-to-day life of the communities that neighbour our wind farms. Its flexibility means that it can address what is really important; as in this case providing further funding for a vital transport service for those living in rural communities.”

RWE npower renewables’ An Suidhe Wind Farm Community Fund is administered by Foundation Scotland. Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Head of Community Investment at Foundation Scotland, said: “It’s great to see a community project like this one benefit; where locals give up their free time for the better of other members of the community who are much less able.”



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