Transport scheme to help elderly and end loneliness

Tom Long, Lesley Wagstaff, Mike Holt and Sheena Woodard.
Tom Long, Lesley Wagstaff, Mike Holt and Sheena Woodard.
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A new transport service will help the elderly get to important appointments and visit community groups.

Dragon Community Transport was formed by St George’s Community Centre, Senior Citizens Support Group and AGE UK Wakefield District.

The project aims to give the elderly better transport links and end loneliness endured by hundreds of people.

The charities are now appealing for mini bus drivers and car owners to join the voluntary scheme.

Senior Citizens Support Group chairwoman Carol Boyer said: “The group will hold more than 120 events designed for the over 60s during 2015.

“Without transport many senior citizens simply cannot attend and the cycle of loneliness will not be broken.”

Dragon Community Transport will provide a mini bus for groups and organisations and help the elderly get out and about by volunteers driving them to their destination.

A report by Age UK and Campaign to End Loneliness found one in 10 men and women aged 65 and over are lonely.

It highlighted the importance of public transport for the elderly and said it helps them keep in touch with their friends and family.

Anyone wanting to volunteer should call Sheena Woodard on 01924 369631 or email sheena.woodard@stgeorgeslupset.org.uk