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A leading national volunteering charity is looking for friendly volunteers to help improve the lives of Carmarthenshire residents by joining their community transport service.

The Royal Voluntary Service in Carmarthenshire is encouraging more people in the area to discover the joys of volunteering whilst keeping their local community healthy and happy.

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One-way local volunteers improve the lives of people in Carmarthenshire is by offering a community transport service. Volunteer drivers help by taking clients to a community club, a regular appointment, by responding to ad-hoc requests for transport or returning them home after a stay in hospital. 

The team at Carmarthenshire Country Cars now needs more friendly volunteers to help them continue providing this life-enhancing support to vulnerable and isolated people in the area.  

Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to provide a pleasant journey, companionship and support to people going to and from their homes and destinations. Volunteer expenses are covered. 

Carmarthenshire Country Cars are looking for more volunteers for their community transport service

However, the Royal Voluntary Service say it’s not just the people on the receiving end of the support that benefit from volunteering.  

As a result of donating their time volunteers report better physical health, mental health, and wellbeing, with 81% of pandemic volunteers reporting an improvement in this; new skills and work experience; and a sense of connection to others in their community. In a recent report, more than a third (38%) of Royal Voluntary Service volunteers said that volunteering has also improved their confidence. 

Royal Voluntary Service is encouraging anyone who wants to make a positive difference in their community and experience the countless benefits of volunteering to step forward and learn more about roles in their area at royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteering

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Simon Rickard, Service Manager for Royal Voluntary Service Carmarthenshire Country Cars, said: “Our brilliant team of volunteers provide a lifeline for Carmarthenshire residents who would otherwise struggle to make essential journeys. Because of our team, residents can attend important medical appointments, do important shopping, or visit sick friends or family. These are just a few of the ways our team makes a difference. 

“It’s terrific to see the positive impact our volunteers have on the lives of those they support, and so many volunteers find helping others also boosts their own health and wellbeing. 

“We hugely appreciate anybody who generously donates their time to us, and we look forward to welcoming new volunteers to our friendly team.” 

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