Mike and his guide dog Wilson recently moved to Ferndown from London.
Determined not to be confined to his home, Mike and Wilson regularly attend various clubs in Ferndown and can frequently be seen walking to and from the Ferndown centre.
Mike recently contacted Ferndown NeighbourCars and asked if transport could be arranged to take him and Wilson to a lunch club in Parkstone.
Being the first request NeighbourCars had received to carry a guide dog we had to ensure that an animal loving driver was available.
Fortunately one of our volunteer drivers, Chris, is also a volunteer and supporter for Waggy Tails and regularly walks their dogs. Chris was the ideal person to take Mike and Wilson and he readily agreed to use his car for the journey.
Ferndown NeighbourCars was set up in October 2009 with the support of POPPS – Partnership for Older People Project – and with the help of volunteer drivers is able to provide transport for over 55s to doctor, dentist, hospital. shopping ,social functions etc.
Since that time the volunteer drivers have undertaken more than 3000 individual journeys and have travelled more than 47,000 miles.
The generosity of the clients has also enabled donations to be made to local charities after having allowed for the expenses in providing the service.
NeighbourCars is run by Cllrs Joyce and John Little. They also run a Drop In Coffee Club, which is held in the Theatre Bar at the Barrington Centre every Friday morning from 9.30am to 12 noon, where people meet and make friends, have a chat and enjoy a tea/coffee, homemade cheese scone and biscuits (£1.50).
For further information on either of these services contact Joyce – 01202 980839.
Waggy Tails would welcome volunteers and supporters – contact 01202 875000.