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A SERVICE for people who need help to get around Northumberland is using the web to attract more volunteers.

The Getabout scheme, run by the WRVS with funding support from Northumberland County Council, organises drivers to pick up those who do not have access to a car or public transport.

They take them to places such as the doctors and shops, as well as to visit friends and relatives and for social activities, then back home.

To help increase numbers, it has signed up to the new volunteering section of the Northumberland Life website, which has been developed as part of the LOVE Northumberland campaign.

The site allows groups to advertise the opportunities they have for volunteers to get involved, with links to the organisation’s contact details and further information so that they can find out more.

County Council Executive Member for Infrastructure and the Environment Isabel Hunter said: “The council provides funding for the scheme as it gives good value for money where supported bus services cannot be justified on cost or usage grounds.

“There is a great link between schemes like Getabout and LOVE Northumberland because the campaign celebrates and supports volunteering, which is why the new web resource is a superb tool.”

WRVS Service Delivery Manager Carol Nevison said: “We are always looking for new drivers and anyone who has a valid driving licence and some spare time on their hands can help us by offering their services.

“The scheme offers a fantastic opportunity to use your skills and time to the benefit of other people within your community.”

For more information about volunteering for the Getabout scheme or other organisations in Northumberland, go to www.northumberlandlife.org