Josie, 86, is driven by volunteers to social gatherings, social events and charitable activities through the Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) pick-up and drop-off service, saving money on money on taxis.
The WiSE transport service is designed to combat loneliness by helping isolated and elderly people who cannot drive to certain social appointments and commitments that they would otherwise miss.
Josie said: âUnfortunately I can’t drive anymore and I live on my own which can be lonely at times.
âThis service means that I can go out and see people and can also attend regular activities organized by WiSE.
âThe volunteers are so reliable, caring and helpful. It’s lovely that someone comes and picks me up and makes sure I’m where I need to be. They take me home and make sure I’m in the house before they leave.
âI wouldn’t be able to cope if I couldn’t get out of the house. This service means I can see friends and spend time socializing and enjoying life.
âIt would cost a lot more to have to take taxis. I am very grateful for the service and I don’t know what I would do without it.
The WiSE transport program was launched in 2015 to provide a door-to-door pickup and drop-off service for people over 60 who are less mobile, do not drive, or have difficulty with public transport. common.
The service is now well established, with a number of trusted volunteer drivers who will pick up a user of the service and take them to appointments, activities or just dates with friends.
Transportation Coordinator Jo Roberts said: âThis service is a lifeline for many older people who want to get out and socialize, but struggle with the logistics of getting from point A to point B.
“The program – which is more cost effective than a taxi service – helps our customers meet their friends, stick to their appointments and take advantage of the many activities and events that WiSE has to offer in and around Wetherby.”
Drivers can accommodate foldable walkers or canes, but unfortunately cannot take wheelchairs.
To ensure personal safety, transport is currently limited to one passenger per car, with face coverings still required.
For more information or to book transport, contact Jo on 01937 222066 or by e-mail [emailÂ protected]