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Voluntary Social Car Scheme

There are nearly 50 schemes set up across Cumbria to provide transport for all members of the community of any age (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). Voluntary Social Car Scheme is intended for those people who have no other means of transport.  We have volunteers who provide a door to door service across the county to collect you from your home and take you to your chosen destination for a reasonable cost. The service can be used for a wide variety of purposes including; making connections with public transport, doing the weekly shop, medical appointments, or just for visiting friends.  

To find out where your nearest Voluntary Car Scheme is, please contact us using the details below.

Do you want to volunteer?
To run the scheme we rely on our volunteer drivers and coordinators, and we're always looking for more people to join the team. There is no minimum time commitment! If you'd like to find out more please get in touch.

As a thank you from local businesses within Cumbria, once you are a volunteer, you will be able to take advantage of their generous discounts.

Co-ordinators - organise transport, recruit drivers and publicise the scheme in their local area.  We are currently looking to recruit volunteer co-ordinators (all expenses are re-imbursed) in:

  • Arlecdon/Frizington/Cleator Moor/Egremont
  • Drigg/Carleton/Ireton/Eskdale/Holmrook
  • Milburn
  • Newbiggin/Temple Sowerby
  • Seascale
  • St Bees
  • Ulverston/Little Urswick/Great Urswick
  • Whitehaven
  • Workington

Drivers  - provide transport for people using your own car, and you will be paid fuel expenses at 45p per mile. You will also collect the cash fare and give a receipt to the passenger. Cumbria County Council provides insurance against loss of no claims bonus and excess payments.

For our volunteer Peter's Story - please click the link: Day in a life of volunteer Peter Taylor

For our Volunteer Kirsten's story from Grange-over-Sands - please click the link: https://youtu.be/v2sYpFKi_kY 

For our Volunteer Lesley's story from Bampton - please click the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icRpHlMg3lY

For our volunteer Viv's story from Seascale - please click the link: https://youtu.be/mAD8LQqrRZw 

For our volunteer Graham's story from Appleby - please click the link: https://youtu.be/4MdRwAM9C38

For our Volunteer Martin's story from Aspatria - please click the link: https://youtu.be/1XP92myRQFU

Read testimonies and more on our Volunteer Week page.

If you have some spare time and would like to help co-ordinating or driving in your local area, please contact us using the details below.

Contact:

  • Voluntary Transport Officer
    Parkhouse Building
    Kingmoor Business Park
    Carlisle
    CA6 4SJ
  • Telephone: 07788 396194