Bus scheme slays loneliness

Dragon Community Transport:''Health and Wellbeing coordinator Sheena Woodard with fcentre manager Lesley Wagstaff, trustee Tom Long, Chair of the Trustees Mike Holt  and business administration apprentice Joe Illingworth.'''Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Dragon Community Transport:''Health and Wellbeing coordinator Sheena Woodard with fcentre manager Lesley Wagstaff, trustee Tom Long, Chair of the Trustees Mike Holt and business administration apprentice Joe Illingworth.'''Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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ISOLATED elderly people in part of Wakefield now have a means of getting around after research on the extent of loneliness sparked a community transport scheme.

Dragon Community Transport will take its first passengers in a week’s time, but needs volunteer drivers.

It was formed by the Senior Citizens Support Group, which operates in Horbury and Ossett, St George’s Community Centre in Lupset, and Age UK, after research by the charity revealed that one in ten older people were lonely.

The centre’s mini bus, driven by volunteers, will take people to social activities and individual help is also available.

Sheena Woodard, health and wellbeing project coordinator at St George’s, said: “It’s about reaching those people who would be stuck in the house without help.”

To volunteer as a driver, contact 01924 369631.

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