Till Valley Link Good Neighbour Scheme believes that local communities and volunteers can have a positive impact in maintaining the unique quality of life in our villages.
Declining services and an increasing population of older people and others who need support leave many vulnerable, socially isolated and unable to access the essential services and social activities that enable them to maintain an independent and enjoyable life style.
Till Valley Link draws on the goodwill already existing in our villages by providing a pool of volunteers to help individuals, communities and all vulnerable residents.
This shows how it all works.
The services provided by Till Valley Link are free and totally confidential. However, donations to the Link Scheme itself are encouraged and are used in the provision of our service which is run entirely by volunteers.
All of our volunteers aim to provide a friendly and valuable service to all the residents of Berwick St James, Orcheston, Shrewton, Tilshead and Winterbourne Stoke.
Should you wonder why you might volunteer, read the answer one of our drivers gave.
I was asked why I drive for Link. Consider how you would be placed if you lived in Shrewton and had no car and no friends or family member who could give you lifts. I think most of us in that situation would find it hard to keep even a minimum of essential social and medical appointments. The buses are sparse and under threat of reduction; the demand for the service offered by Link is likely to increase.
Apart from meeting the very real need, the volunteer driver has the opportunity to meet interesting local people who might otherwise never cross their path. The length of time given is for the individual volunteer to decide. I think it is time very well spent.
3 April 2016
If that convinces you and you would like to become a volunteer, please download and print the application form, complete and send to Angela Webb, Heatherbank, The Hollow, Shrewton.