Community First has launched a digital campaign with the ambitious aim of achieving a million volunteering miles in 2017 through the Wiltshire Link and Community Transport service.
The campaign called #OneMillionMiles hopes to recruit new volunteers for the 45 Link schemes and 21 community minibus groups across the county, who offer a lifeline for older or vulnerable people with limited access to transport.
There are around 2,000 volunteers in Wiltshire and Swindon who are involved in supporting local Link (volunteer car driver) schemes and community minibus groups, making it one of the most successful community transport schemes in the country. Despite this, demand is growing and more volunteers are needed to support the service.
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Until recently Chippenham-based charity, DEVELOP, was at risk following a cut in its statutory funding. Whilst the organisation has been successful in raising some funding, the future sustainability of DEVELOP as an independent organisation was still in doubt.
Following talks with Community First and the outcome of its recent Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), the decision has been made to transfer a selection of key DEVELOP services to Community First as part of its community development offering. The transfer will take place in early July 2016.
Once the team and services have transferred, DEVELOP will remain open as a registered charity in a limited capacity to fulfil contractual agreements, before being dissolved once these agreements are completed.