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Welford-on-Avon is a picturesque village set in the heart of South Warwickshire. It lies on the Avon River about four miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon, four miles south of Alcester and four miles east of Bidford-on-Avon.

The centre of the village is designated as a conservation area and contains quite a number of attractive thatched houses including what is believed to be the original “chocolate box cottage” in Boat Lane, reputedly the most photographed street in Warwickshire. The village is mainly residential, but contains a number of small businesses, the largest of which are horticultural. In total there are approximately 750 houses and about 1600 residents.

The Village has three public houses, two shops, a garage, a primary school, a bowls club, a sports club, an 18 hole Golf Course, a children’s play area, allotments and two Churches (the Parish Church of St Peter’s and the Methodist Church).

Welford-on-Avon has been County Winner or Runner Up in the Warwickshire “Best Kept Village Competition” on twelve occasions since 1991. The competition was discontinued in 2007 and as from 2008 has been replaced with a more broadly based competition.

The village boasts one of the tallest Maypoles in England and the annual Maypole dancing festival is performed by the pupils of Welford Primary School every June.

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Working full-time and caring for her mum, meant Fiona Flear needed help with hospital appointments for her mum and was introduced to VASA’s volunteer community transport service. Eventually she took early retirement and started volunteer driving while continuing to be a carer. “I find it very enjoyable because you get to meet so many different people and they’ve done so many different things in their lives, it’s really interesting.” Fiona points out, “having come from a job where I was used to meeting lots of people, it’s made retirement a lot easier.”

You use your own car and mileage costs of 45p per mile are paid. As a volunteer driver you take people to medical appointments (including vaccination appointments) and to visit family and friends in hospitals or care homes, as well as some social inclusion activities.

Come and find out about the volunteering opportunities available for you. Small amounts of time can make a big difference when it comes to volunteer driving with VASA. Our drivers come from all sorts of careers but there are a few things that unify them – patience, a sense of humour and understanding.

Ali Gravestock, VASA’s Community Transport Service Manager will be at Quinton & Admington Village Hall on 4 October between 11am – 1pm to answer any questions you have about volunteer driving and chat through how to join our fun group of volunteers. We look forward to seeing you!

VASA is a charity in Stratford upon Avon changing lives by connecting people in south Warwickshire through Community Activities, including Memory Clubs for people living with dementia and giving respite care to their carers, Carers’ Cafés, Dementia Café, Sit & Get Fit classes, Baby Brunch Club, allotments and Volunteer Community Transport across south Warwickshire and Rugby Borough.

Charity number: 1067584

Please contact me if you have any other questions:

Emma Holmes          emma@vasa.org.uk            01789 777982