A VITAL service that helps transport vulnerable people in Ellesmere has been boosted by nine new volunteers.

Ellesmere Community Cars provides transport for essential journeys for Ellesmere residents and over recent weeks, drivers volunteering with the new service have taken customers to medical appointments at Shrewsbury and the Orthopaedic hospitals, on shopping trips, and to visit loved ones in care homes.

Ellesmere town mayor, Cllr Anne Wignall, said she was delighted with the help the service has been able to offer.

She said: “There was clearly a need for such a scheme.

“Public transport is often unsuitable or unavailable and people who do not drive or don’t have their own transport struggle to get where they need to go.

“I am delighted that we have recruited nine volunteer drivers and a brilliant co-ordinator, Colin Shaw, who has taken on this vital role.”

Colin, a relatively new resident of Ellesmere, arrived from Warwickshire where he had gained useful experience volunteering with a similar scheme.

A team of volunteers has been recruited and 25 journeys have taken place over the summer.

“We are now ready to promote our scheme more widely,” Colin added.


“We hope that we can assist more people who have been finding it difficult to get around.

“We will do our best to meet your requests but please try to give us as much notice as possible – ideally a week or more.”

Passengers contribute 30p per mile towards the cost of the journey plus any car parking fees.

All drivers are volunteers using their own cars, are enhanced DBS checked by Shropshire Council, and carry ID.

A spokesman added: “Volunteer drivers can take customers to medical appointments with a GP or at a hospital, to the dentist, optician, or hearing specialist, to the bank, solicitor or for essential shopping; or for visits to a relative or friend in hospital or a care home – and more.

“The scheme is currently unable to accept block bookings for activities that take place on a regular basis such as a weekly class or day centre, but the coordinator will try to help when drivers are available.”

To make a booking, please phone Colin, the ECC Coordinator, on 07956 046459 or 07375 638418 or email him at ellesmereccars@gmail.com

Anyone who would like to become a volunteer driver or help in some other way can contact Colin via the same contact details.