I have been working closely with the new WEB Consortium of our local doctors to help meet the challenges of providing new services and improving others. The WEB Consortium covers Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Otterton, Colaton Raleigh, Newton Poppleford, Woodbury and Lymsptone. As Chairman of the Exmouth and District Community Transport Group we have been working with the WEB to ensure people are able to travel to the new proposed Enhanced Day Care to be provided at Budleigh Salterton Hospital and for all clinical work throughout the service area to Exmouth Hospital. Cllr Steve Hall has been leading the bid to the ‘Parishes Together Fund’ to buy a small tail lift minibus – similar to our Whizabout – at a cost of £25,000. We will have to make applications for grants in addition to charging a fare for the £30,000 per annum running costs. These can be reduced by using volunteer drivers so if anyone wishing to volunteer please contact us on 01395 26 66 62 between 10 -12 and 1 – 3 Mondays to Fridays. We will be signposting people who are attending either hospital to the existing voluntary car services that are already working very hard and we will be concentrating on those who are unable to use a car for any reason including using a wheelchair, frame etc.
If there is anyone who would like volunteer to help us in applying for grants, raising funds or could form a ‘Friends of our buses’ please contact us.