GoStart volunteer drivers have been very busy since the start of the pandemic in March. Collection and delivery of prescriptions was identified as a big concern for many people particularly any one who was housebound, isolated or disabled. GoStart worked with Sudbury Town Council to provide this service. Between ed of March and beginning August 360 prescriptions were collected and delivered by volunteers who drove 1628 miles while others walked a total of 584 miles to make local collections and deliveries.
Our normal range of door to door and social journeys have not yet been fully resumed . Limited DAR door to door is being operated but is being limited to passengers who have urgent needs or requirements.
Current services have concentrated on providing transport for any one needing to get to a vaccine centre. Individual trips have been arranged and small group trips of up to eight at time have been arranged with the Guildhall Surgery in Clare. All vaccine centre trips have been arranged, at no cost to passenger or patients, using funding provided at end of last year by Suffolk Community Foundation. The funding was transferred with agreement of the Foundation from a grant which had been used to provide days out at weekends for people who were lonely or isolated.
There have been endless requests from passengers who desperately want to get out to social, to meet up with other people and to try and overcome isolation and the difficulties that can result
WE STILL HAVE BALANCE OF DAY TRIP/OUTINGS FUNDING POT PROVIDED BY SUFFOLK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WE WILL BE BACK BUT WE DO NOT KNOW WHEN
If you need personal transport or have any idea or suggestions as to how we can help in the current situation please give GoStart a call and we will do our best to see what can be done
GoStart provides vital, low-cost transport services to pensioners, people with disabilities, school children and voluntary and charitable groups.
GoStart provides accessible transport for people who for reasons including age, poor health or living in isolation are finding they are restricted from leading a normal life.
With a fleet of five accessible vehicles, GoStart offers a wide range of transport services which allow passengers to go shopping, attend health appointments, visit friends and relatives, access educational facilities, enjoy day trips and get to work.
If you have a problem accessing a hospital appointment at West Suffolk, Addenbrookes, Ipswich or Colchester hospital we may be able to help. All our vehicles are accessible and can carry a passenger who needs to travel in a wheelchair.
We are not currently running our usual half day trips on selected Sundays for people who are isolated or lonely. We still have a small pot of funding provided by Suffolk Foundation and the David & Jill Simpson fund and we will be back to run these trips as soon as we can.
- All vehicles are accessible
- Dial-a-ride door-to-door service
- People carrier service for longer journeys
- Group hire for voluntary and charitable groups