New Wheelchair Accessible vehicle

Pershore & District Volunteer Centre are pleased to announce they now have a Wheelchair Accessible vehicle

Thanks to recent grants we have been able to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle meaning that disabled people within our community can benefit from the chance to use this vehicle, offering new freedom and independence to individuals and their families

Excitingly and more importantly this enables us to reach a wider audience and be more inclusive, achieving the aim of helping individuals out of isolation

The vehicle has 4 seats and space for one wheelchair and is available with a driver

What we offer:

Collection can be from home and take you and friends/family out to lunch, or to attend the popular lunch club; take you to medical appointments, opticians etc

Can you spare an hour or two a week?

To allow us to make the most out of this vehicle we do need Volunteer drivers to help them meet demand, expenses are covered.

For more information or to register, please call 01386 554299

VILLAGE CONNECTOR: COMMUNITY BUS SERVICE

Peopleton Parish Council are trying to raise sufficient funds to keep a rural bus service operating taking passengers from Peopleton, Drakes Broughton and surrounding villages to Worcester and Pershore. For many older members of their communities, a bus service is a real life-line. Many of them do not have access to a car or can no longer drive. With the bus services, not only can they now get to the shops, they also get to see old friends and meet new ones. This is particularly important at the present time as many have not been able to get out much in the last 15 months or so.

Both public bus services were withdrawn recently, the Peopleton to Worcester bus in April last year. Peopleton and Drakes Broughton Parish Councils have been working with Pershore Volunteer Centre, Worcester Wheels, Worcestershire County Council Community Transport Development Officer and the Vale Public Transport Group to re-establish the routes in the hope that Worcestershire County Council will recognise the demand for the services and be prepared to re-instate the routes.

Peopleton Parish Council have a project on Space Hive and are asking backers to pledge money to the project and they have secured matched funding from Worcestershire CC and Wychavon District Council. Full details, including costings, can be seen at https://www.spacehive.com/village-connector-bus.

Peopleton Parish Council would very much appreciate it if you were able to pledge your support to help this valuable local community project.

Tim Mason
Chairman
Peopleton Parish Council

Our latest COVID News

Opening Times

Our office is now open to the public, we are currently having to limit numbers in the office so please call 01386 554299 for an appointment.

Prescriptions

As the Government withdraws its funding for prescription delivery services, many medical practices and pharmacies around the country are withdrawing this free service.  Pershore Volunteer Centre, which had never received any Government funding and relies solely on volunteers helpers and public donations, will continue to provide its delivery service in Pershore for the time being.  So long as we have willing volunteers and there is a demand we will deliver prescriptions to those who continue to self isolate. 

Please continue to contact the Volunteer Centre on 01386 554299

Transport to Appointments

 As the area slowly comes out of lockdown, we have seen a steady increase in the number of routine hospital, dental and medical centre appointments.  This has resulted in an increase in the number of requests we have received from people who have no access to transport and need help getting to their appointment.  This is a service which Pershore Volunteer Centre has continued to provide throughout the whole of the lockdown.  We are now ratcheting up our provision, so if you need transport to your medical appointment or could help us provide transport for others, anywhere in Pershore or the surrounding villages, please contact Donna King 01386 554299

Pershore Town Council and the Community caring for you

These are difficult times but if we all help each other we can get through it. The current Covid 19 virus mainly affects older members of our community and it is these residents that may need help with shopping, collecting prescriptions or transport to essential medical appointments – if you are known to anyone in need please consider offering them your help. If you feel you may be able to assist in some other way please phone the Town Council on 01386 561561 or Pershore Volunteer Centre on 01386 554299.


Anyone needing help who has not received contact from a neighbour or friend can also contact either the Town Council or Volunteer Centre on the above numbers. They will, with your permission, pass your details to someone whose integrity has been fully checked and who may be able to help you. YOUR SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT

NB Please be aware that whilst there is no danger to you receiving help from people you know, there are fraudsters out there who will take advantage of the situation. If you are in any doubt or if feel you are being exploited or threatened in any way please contact the police.

Thank you to Pershore & District Round Table.

 

 

 

Thank you to Pershore & District Round Table for their generous donation.

Pershore Volunteer Centre operates 2 mini-buses, which are available for other charities and community groups to hire.  When not on hire the Centre uses these mini-buses to run a number of services transport people from Pershore and surrounding areas to wide variety of venues, including the weekly shopping trip to the Co Op, fortnightly trips to the lunch club at St Andrews Centre.  In the year to March 2018 the centre undertook 2,500 passenger journeys; all using volunteer drivers.

Eric Wiles -Chairman of the Volunteer Centre said “the mini-buses are expensive to buy and maintain and we are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Roundtable for their help to support one of our mini-buses”.

In recognition of the Roundtable’s support the minibus will soon be carrying their logo, so look out for it around town.

“At Pershore & District Round Table we are committed to helping the local community. By making this donation to your fantastic organisation, it is a great way for us to reach out to the whole community, particularly vulnerable people who rely on your service so dearly. It is a pleasure for us to help in some way and hopefully we can continue to work together in the future.”

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDRAISERS

VICTORIOUS VOLUNTEERS

Our volunteers have gone the ‘extra mile’ in this year’s volunteer week clocking up 165 miles!

Sam Nutting , from Pershore, completed a 5km walk around Evesham and raised £200 for Pershore Volunteer Centre on Working World’s annual sponsored walk.

Emily Foster-Phillips and Roland Honeybunn cycled 80 miles from Pershore via Evesham, Welford on Avon, Broadway, Beckford, Tewkesbury, Upton upon Severn, Worcester, Upton Snodsbury then back to Pershore Volunteer Centre. Emily and Roland completed this in 6.5 hours and raised more than £500.

Tony Rowley, Chairman of Wychavon District Council and Eric Wiles, Chairman of Pershore & District Volunteer Centre welcomed them back to the Pershore Volunteer Centre as part of the Volunteers’ week open day and presented them with commemorative certificates.

Sam Nutting (left) was thrilled to raise money for the Volunteer Centre: “I like to help people”. As well as fundraising, Sam attends Working World Evesham, which is a training centre for people with a learning disability who need a little extra support getting into the workplace.

Emily (right) chose to help raise vital funds for the Volunteer Centre in recognition of the help and support that she has been given by the Volunteer Recruitment team over the last few years. “This has helped me to gain valuable experience and motivation to push towards my goal of achieving a sports degree at Worcester University.”

Roland said “I am helping to raise funds for the Volunteer Centre which provides a valuable Community Transport Service for elderly people in and around Pershore who are unable to access public transport.”

Eric expressed his gratitude: “The whole volunteer centre – trustees, clients and staff – are truly grateful to these volunteers for giving up their time to help us to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We thank them.”

Tony, also a Trustee of the Volunteer Centre, said “We need to raise £3,000/month to be able to provide services including Lunch Club, Community Transport and Volunteer Brokerage finding other, not-for-profit, organisations vital volunteers to help provide their support to our community. Contributions like this are very much appreciated”.

PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH in aid of PERSHORE VOLUNTEER CENTRE

PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH at Pershore Town Football Club, King George Way, Pershore

On Saturday 19th May 2018, 12 noon onwards. Entertainment and raffle included.

Drinks can be purchased at the bar. Ticket price £6 per person available from Pershore Volunteer Centre.