Volunteer drivers needed for information service First Contact Rutland

First Contact Rutland project manager Sue Renton with the mobile library bus that will be used to publicise the service. Sue, right, with Oakham Library operations manager Linda Healey.'Photo: MSMP110713-013ow
First Contact Rutland project manager Sue Renton with the mobile library bus that will be used to publicise the service. Sue, right, with Oakham Library operations manager Linda Healey.'Photo: MSMP110713-013ow
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Volunteer drivers are needed to get a mobile information service on the road to visit villages throughout the county.

First Contact Rutland brings together 19 organisations which share information about residents to help them access all the support services they need.

Co-ordinator Sue Renton has been given money from the Lottery’s Awards for All scheme to take the service on the road using a decommissioned mobile library bus but she is looking for volunteers to drive it.

Sue said: “Everything else is in place to launch this service in September - we just need drivers.

“Our intention is for the bus to visit villages in Rutland where we have identified the greatest need for access to information.

“People will be able to come on board, meet someone from one of the agencies involved and chat about what help they need and what services are available to them.”

First Contact Rutland brings together the police, fire service, trading standards, social services, health groups, energy advisers and charities.

If someone contacts any of the groups for advice, their details can be shared with other agencies which might 
be able to offer relevant support using one online information form.

The mobile service will have leaflets for people to take away or computer facilities onboard for them to register on the day.

Volunteers are needed to run the service for two days a week.

Sue said: “We are looking for people who enjoying driving and meeting new people. It also needs to be someone who is interested in supporting their community.”

The teams hope to recruit enough volunteers for them to work on a rota for one day a month.

Ideally the volunteers will already have a driving licence which allows them to drive a class C vehicle but training may be available.

Sue said: “This is a really exciting new venture which we hope could be extended beyond a year.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Sue Renton on 01572 720282 or srenton@ruralcc.org.uk