Could you be a car service volunteer?

Malcolm Compton from Ripon and Rural Voluntary Car Driving Service. (S)
Malcolm Compton from Ripon and Rural Voluntary Car Driving Service. (S)

The poor weather at this time of year can make it difficult for even the most able bodied of us to get out and about.

The Ripon and Rural Voluntary Car Driving Service (RRVCDS) is one local organisation helping to keep people moving this winter, whether it is to attend medical appointments, to do shopping or to visit day centres and lunch clubs.

Established 15 years ago, the scheme now works with more than 30 drivers to help people who are either older, have a disability or are socially isolated. Each year the service helps around 130 local people to get them where they need to be.

Police-checked drivers offer their time to take passengers on their journeys and either wait with them or return to collect them at an arranged time.

Clients pay an agreed mileage rate towards the drivers’ vehicle running costs, which they are advised of before the journey starts.

Malcolm Compton, who co-ordinates the service from Community House on Allhallowgate in Ripon, said: “It’s very simple, really. Our clients call us when they need to arrange a non-urgent trip and we match their requirements with an available volunteer. The client will always be advised who will come for them and at what time, giving them peace of mind.

“We act as a social lifeline to our clients in Ripon, Masham and Pateley Bridge.”

Any readers wishing to make use of the service can contact Malcolm Compton on 01765 645907 or