MCT much more than just A to B

MCT has a number of schemes that help the community throughout the Mearns
MCT has a number of schemes that help the community throughout the Mearns

Mearns Community Transport (MCT) is on the lookout for volunteers and committee members to help with a number of different schemes.

The group’s primary service is the community minibus, a fully accessible facility available for hire to all community groups and organisations in the Mearns.

MCT has a number of schemes that help the community throughout the Mearns

MCT has a number of schemes that help the community throughout the Mearns

The vehicle is a Mercedes Sprinter minibus which can carry 15 passengers. It is fully accessible and is equipped with a tail lift to enable those with limited mobility or those in wheel chairs or with walking frames to access the bus without using the stairs.

The minibus is available for hire to all community groups and organisations in the Mearns and can be used by these groups for outings or events.

Jacky Niven, from MCT, said: “The bus is operated under a Section 19 permit which means we are always happy to hear from people who would like to be volunteer drivers.

“In addition, we would like to hear from anyone who is committed to supporting community transport and would be interested in joining the MCT committee.”

The group also has other schemes which include Wheel 2 Work Mearns Commonwheels car club and Benholm Bicycle recycling scheme.

The Benholm Bikes involves a community-based workshop which recycles unwanted bikes and teaches maintenance while promoting cycling.

Another scheme is the Wheel 2 work which aims to helps people who have transport issues for getting to work and education or training courses, by providing members the loan of a moped for a small fee.

It provides members with their Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), which gives members the skills they need to safely ride mopeds (pictured inset).

Jacky added: “Community transport is more than just transport getting folk from A to B. Its about social inclusion, tackling isolation, providing independence and opening opportunities.

“We are always keen to hear from people interested in becoming volunteer drivers and would like to attract some new members onto the committee.”

For more information or to contact the group visit www.mearnscommunitytransport.org