VIDEO: New minibus to provide vital service for New Mills community

New Mills & District Volunteer Centre has gained a new minibus to enrich the lives of those who use the centre.

The minibus, which is wheelchair accessible, will allow users of the centre to travel to places they would not have access to before.

Former chairman and volunteer at the New Mills Volunteer Centre, Roy Bickerton, cuts the ribbon at the launch of the Centre's new Lottery-funded Community Minibus.

Former chairman and volunteer at the New Mills Volunteer Centre, Roy Bickerton, cuts the ribbon at the launch of the Centre's new Lottery-funded Community Minibus.

Ed Mountifield, Business Service Manager, said: “The minibus will make it possible, especially for those who are elderly or infirm, to go on days-out to places like Chatsworth which they would struggle to get to otherwise.

“Not only is it a lot cheaper, it also allows people to travel in groups with friends.”

The centre is now looking for volunteer minibus drivers to help run the service and are offering free training on how to drive the new bus.

As well as days out, the minibus also offers a vital service to local residents taking them to hospital, medical and social appointments.

Launch of New Mills Volunteer Centre's new Lottery-funded Community Minibus .

Launch of New Mills Volunteer Centre's new Lottery-funded Community Minibus .

Centre manager Adele Gould said: “Even if you can give only an hour a week, it helps to make a real difference to these people’s lives.

“It allows us to keep the service running smoothly and help people in the area.”

Funding of £135,000 was granted to the centre by Reaching Communities England, part of the Big Lottery fund, to continue its service providing transport to local residents for five years.

The bus will also be available to hire either with or without a driver.

Roy Bickerton, a former chairman of the centre and volunteer, cut the ribbon at the launch of the bus on Monday.

He said: “Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard to secure funding - buying a minibus was something we’ve talked about doing for a number of years.”

If you want to volunteer as a driver or would like to hire the bus, contact Ed Mountifield either by email on ed@nmvc.org or by phone on 01663 744196.