New minibus for VAEF

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Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) was delighted to be able to help support vulnerable and older people in the district when they took possession of a brand new minibus.

Gerry Smith, a VAEF Trustee, Chairman Tony Boyce and Jacqui Foile

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Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Tony Boyce handed over the keys to Jacqui Foile of VAEF outside the civic offices in Epping on 22 May 2015. The chairman raised £9,000 towards the minibus cost of £23,500.

The Volkswagen minibus has 16 seats, is fully accessible with a passenger lift and is wheelchair adapted. It will be used to take older residents who find it hard to get around to befriending clubs, on day trips and outings.

A lifeline for older residents

Jacqui Foile, Chief Officer at VAEF said: “Excursions are a lifeline for our district’s older and vulnerable residents. Investing in this much-needed minibus gives them the freedom to visit places and meet friends, something we all take for granted.”

“I’d like to thank Tony Boyce for his generous donation from fundraising during his year as Chairman and all the drivers and volunteers who donate their time for free.”

Want to know more?

VAEF hosts a number of direct services for older people which include gardening, carers support, home safety, befriending and handyman.

Additional volunteer drivers would be very welcome, if you are interested please contact

Maggie Gilchrist, Volunteer Co-ordinator