Volunteers needed for innovative new project which aims to reach those in most remote areas of Cumbria

Vinnie Van

The new operation, set up by the St Vincent de Paul Society (England and Wales), will use a converted and accessible van to provide vital services to those who cannot make it to one of the charity’s centres. 

Across England and Wales, the SVP is home to 11 Community Support Projects (CSPs) which are each unique to the area by offering tailored support and services which reflect that of the local community.

A new model has been identified within the charity to offer these services to people who are based in remote areas or struggling with transport to get to support. 

Volunteers are currently needed to help with the day-to-day operation of the van as it drives across Cumbria to make the SVP’s services accessible. 

“All of our Community Support Projects are unique in what they offer across the country, and we want to extend that model so even those who cannot make it to one will still have access to our services,” explains Head of Centre Development at the SVP Sheena Eastwood. 

“We are yet to decide exactly what services would be on offer in this new project, and we’re currently undertaking extensive research within the most deprived areas of Cumbria to identify what help local people need the most.

“Currently we're looking for volunteers who could meet our driver and jump on the bus to help assist in offering support to those who will be visiting, whether this is signposting to advice, with education, food, clothing, or just someone to talk to.”

Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer can get in touch with Sheena directly on SheenaE@svp.org.uk or by calling 07814 553027.