Its aim is to meet the needs of local people, specifically older residents and those with disabilities or additional needs, who find it more difficult to get out and about. This is particularly pertinent in our rural location, where public transport is extremely limited and access to taxis can prove to be very expensive.
VA operates a Community Transport Scheme and a offers a Befriending Service. The Transport or Community Car Scheme provides the means by which those without reasonable access to transport of their own can travel to such places as the doctor’s surgery, hospitals and dentists. It also provides a means to visit friends and family or to make a social trip. The VA Befriending Service offers companionship and friendship to those who are more isolated and who find it more difficult to leave their homes. Members are carefully paired with a Befriender who will keep in touch on the phone or visit the member at home on a regular basis. Our definition of “local” means that our members can live in Oundle, Thrapston and any of the villages from Easton-on-the Hill in the north to Titchmarsh in the South.