The Abingdon & District Volunteer Centre (ADVC) celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. The organisation provides transport for elderly and frail clients to appointments at hospitals, medical surgeries, and dental centres in Abingdon and the surrounding area. The first phone call for assistance was received on 20th November 1973.
Volunteer drivers and booking volunteers gathered for a celebratory meal, joined by the Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames, Councillor Gwyneth Lewis. The Mayor thanked them for their service, noting that her mother was one of the organisation’s earliest drivers and that she, as a doctor, understands the importance of their work.
Drivers said they enjoy meeting so many interesting people through their volunteer work.
Those interested in volunteering can contact ADVC at 01235 522438 (weekdays 10:00-12:30) or visit their Facebook page: Abingdon drivers. They are a friendly group and you would be made very welcome.
ADVC is a non-profit organisation, and its charges are significantly lower than taxi services. Drivers also wait for clients and bring them home again, providing a seamless and appreciated service.