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Benson volunteers help local residents stay healthy

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Chiltern Close resident Janet Burtt has been doing her bit to ensure that members of her local community are able to attend essential medical appointments and get to the shops. 84-year–old Janet volunteers as a telephone operator with the Benson Volunteer Helpline, which is run by the Royal Voluntary Service. Volunteer drivers are paid an allowance to cover the use of their vehicle. In return for the service, users are asked to pay a fee to cover costs.

Janet says: ‘I have always enjoyed helping people and have experienced some humorous instances while volunteering here. On one of those occasions a very well-spoken lady kept trying to call me to book a mini cab!’

The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) would welcome additional drivers in order to satisfy the increasing demand for this vital community service. Volunteers do not have to commit to any particular times – you drive when it is convenient to you. Please see the RVS website for further details.