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Crowdfunding campaign launched for 'tackling loneliness with transport'

A new crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help fund a new project that combines the transport needs of younger and older members of the community who have compatible needs for a car.

The Tackling loneliness with transport campaign is part of the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund and  donations to the project will be matched by the fund up to the value of £250 to help the community in Hayfield, Derbyshire overcome the effects of the pandemic.

The project is being managed by Roland Strube at community transport operator Hayfield Sustainable Transport.

Strube said: “In locations where public transport is poor and dependence on cars is high, people who don't have access to a car can be socially isolated and suffer from loneliness. This applies just as much to young people as it does to older people.

“At the point when a young driver needs to buy a car and an older driver is about to stop driving, there is potential for them to combine their use of one car instead of owning two.

“When the older person stops driving they are able to travel as a liftshare passenger with any of the young drivers involved in the scheme.”

Strube said this then means people are able to access friends, family and services they need more easily and affordably. 

Strube added: “The intergenerational links formed in this process also help people to feel more connected and involved in their community.”

The funding will be used to set up a new website for the scheme, hold community demonstrations and then roll out the project.

The crowdfunding campaign has a target goal of £2,500 and needs to reach this target before April 12.

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