MSPs visit Inverurie ‘lifeline service’

Alison McInnes with WRVS locality manager Aileen Macdonald
Alison McInnes with WRVS locality manager Aileen Macdonald

LOCAL MSPs, Alison McInnes and Mark McDonald, stopped by at WRVS’ community transport service in Inverurie on Friday (March 8) to find out more about how the service helps older people in Aberdeenshire.

The community transport service, which covers Aberdeenshire and provides a vital service to in excess of a 100 older people a month, has approximately 400 volunteers. The service is invaluable for many older people who, without it, may be housebound. The volunteers take older people to important appointments such as hospital or GP appointments, or can take them into town to do a bit of shopping and help them stay connected to their community.

Aileen Macdonald, WRVS locality manager, said: “We were really pleased to welcome Alison McInnes and Mark McDonald to our community transport service in Inverurie. Having a chance to meet with our volunteers and experience the service firsthand is a fantastic way to see just how important the service is to those who use it, and why the volunteers enjoy their work so much.”

Alison McInnes MSP said: “I was very impressed with the service. It provides a lifeline service for many elderly and vulnerable people. I know that modern work and family pressures make it hard to find the time to volunteer, but I urge people to give it a go.

“Every day people make the lives of themselves and others better by contributing their time, skills and care in a variety of ways. It is good for individuals and for society. I am aware of many people here in the North East who make such a difference to the lives of others. Don’t wait to be asked!”

Mark McDonald MSP said: “It was great to meet with representatives of WRVS today and to learn of the social transport services that they provide to communities throughout Aberdeenshire.

“I would like to urge anyone who may require assistance with transport to the shops, to local medical appointments or to visit friends and relatives, for example, to get in touch with the office in Inverurie and would encourage those who would like to volunteer to contact them too.”

For more information about the community transport service, please contact WRVS on (01467) 626012.