One of our drivers, Christine Stone, has volunteered as a driver with the Community Car Scheme for just over 2 years.
Christine moved to the Fort William area after living in Nepal for 33 years. She wanted to volunteer in a role that allowed her to use her vehicle for more than just her own needs. Christine says ‘After a short time of volunteering with the car scheme, I realised that there was a lot more to it than just driving. You are free to do as much or as little as you can, and can fit your driving around other things – this makes it very simple. Now I find it really easy to navigate the area and am involved in helping many people. The office staff and other drivers are all very supportive and great fun to work with’.
Davie Kerr is an ex-Policeman, had always grown up with a “helping others” ethic in his background, and when the word came around that the Community Car Scheme were looking for volunteer drivers, he thought ‘why not!’ Davie says “I have always enjoyed driving anyway, and I reckoned that , if less fortunate people can be helped by me enjoying myself, it’s a win-win, isn’t it? Luckily, I know the area pretty well, and with my background, have no qualms about driving in all weathers and at any time of day, if the occasion demands it. As I live very close to the Corran Ferry, I tend to be first on call for anyone from the Ardgour side of the water who needs the services of the Car Scheme.
I thoroughly enjoy driving for the Car Scheme. As a pensioner, I can sort out my time around my car scheme duties and I meet some very pleasant and interesting people along the way. I think the car scheme provides a very necessary service in the area, especially as we have so many older people who live quite far way from public transport routes, and I encourage any public-spirited individual with some available spare time to consider joining us – we can never have too many volunteer drivers!”