Urram update for De Tha Dhol

The Urram Team is changing.
In April we said farewell to Bryan, who had been running the transport service and supporting various lunch club and tea and chat groups. We want to thank Bryan for all his contributions and wish him all the best for what is next.
We are delighted to announce that Tracy Cameron, who has been working with us on the Car Club project has accepted the job of Transport Manager and will now be looking after all things related to
cars and transport.
We are also excited to be expanding our wee team and are on the look out for a part time (19hours per week) project officer to help us design, develop and launch a local support service. Funded by Support in the Right Direction, we hope that this service will enhance individuals and families access to statutory services, informal and local supports and connect with potential personal assistants.
Please see the job advert for further details.
It will take a little bit of time to get up and running but please do make initial contact if there is something that we might be able to help you with.

The Car Club is expanding
With summer fast approaching, don’t forget the car club provides an excellent transport solution for your planned day trips and weekends away.
Urram Car Club has been running successfully in Strontian for several months with the blue Skoda. We are now in a place to offer the Hyundai which is based in Acharacle and available to all members of the car club.
Annual membership is £60 for an individual or £90 for joint( 2 people living at the same address) then you pay £24 per day which includes an 80% charge in the car battery plus a mileage fee of 8p a mile.
The club is open to local residents over the age of 25 who have held a full licence for a minimum of 2 years and have no more than 6 points on their licence.
You can find more details and membership forms by clicking here.

Ever Thought of Volunteering for Urram?
Have you got a few spare hours each week or month? Join us in meeting new people and forming new friendships! Our wonderful volunteers make a big difference, and with the rising demand for Befriending, Hospital Transport, and Community Lunches, we’d love to welcome more helping hands.
Whether you can contribute a little or a lot, your time and effort will make a huge impact.
– Volunteer for the Befriending service
Do you like to have wide ranging conversation over a cup of tea? Then Urram’s Befriending service might be for you! Befrienders visit others who are not able to get out and about and may be finding life isolated and lonely. Our Befrienders are matched with clients and visit them either weekly or fortnightly to have a chat and a cuppa. No experience is needed except the ability to make friends and enjoy peoples company. We are on the look out for volunteers across all of the peninsula and having your own transport is desirable.
“It is such a pleasure to have the company of *** each week. We never stop talking and I get great feelings from it. Time just goes by so quickly.”

-Volunteer for the hospital transport service
Do you like to drive and meet new people? Then the transport service might be for you!
Volunteer drivers take individuals to essential appointments, be it local GP appointments or visits to the Belford or Raigmore. There is no minimum number of journeys per week or month- just what you can fit with other commitments. There are vehicles available for you to use and occasionally drivers use their own cars.
Urram’s transport services have had an enormous, positive impact on my life as a (full time)carer. It has allowed me to pursue ‘normal!’ activities in the knowledge that my husband is in safe hands.
The drivers are excellent- kind, efficient and professional

-Volunteer at community lunches
Are you happiest with your hands in the sink and good at pouring tea? We would love some volunteers to help deliver our community lunches in Ardgour, Morvern and Acharacle every fortnight. There is always plenty of opportunities for conversation and making new friends.
It is a joyful event connecting people of different ages”
“It is good to have a place to go to, meeting others, a friendly place. The transport is absolutely vital.
My husband died some years ago, so NO car. The volunteers are wonderful.

All of our services make a great contribution to our local communities and our clients’ and volunteers’ get so much out of them.
If you are interested volunteering for any of the above, or, if you know someone who could benefit from what we can offer, please get in touch.

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