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Southern Derbyshire Dales 

Transport Service


Our volunteer drivers provide a door-to-door transport service for elderly, disabled, and vulnerable people who live in the villages of the Southern Derbyshire Dales and the towns of Wirksworth and Ashbourne.

Our transport makes a big difference to the lives of our clients, helping them to access the health services and support they need, whilst retaining their independence. Clients often live alone and frequently live in very rural and isolated locations. When faced with a worrying hospital appointment, concerns about how they will get to that appointment often add to the client’s anxiety.

We provide a supportive and responsive service, ensuring that the client gets to their appointment in good time - and meeting them afterwards to take them safely home.

Our Transport Service Coordinator handles the requests for transport, matching the drivers according to their location and availability. The transport can be very local, perhaps to a health or day care centre, or further afield - to a specialist hospital or clinic. Transport requests can be for a regular journey or for a one-off appointment.

Journeys undertaken include:


  • Medical and Hospital appointments
  • Attendance at Day Care Centres
  • Support Groups and Therapeutic Activities
  • Visits to see a close relative in hospital or residential care

We also operate on behalf of Derbyshire County Council Active Travel.  For more information on this please click the link below:

Active Travel Access to Health

Become a volunteer driver

Demand for our help continues to grow, so we need to find new volunteers in Ashbourne, Wirksworth and in all villages across the Southern Derbyshire Dales to help us provide this important service to everyone who needs it.

Some of our drivers help us several times a week. Others can only offer a few hours a month. However much time you can offer, we would love to hear from you.

Volunteer Drivers need to have a full driving licence, and a reliable car. We will provide relevant training and support, and will reimburse you for the mileage you incur. But most importantly, you will know that you are making a crucial difference to the lives of those you help.

Disclosure & Barring Service (formally known as CRB) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate

The Voluntary Transport Service  works with elderly, disabled and vulnerable people. From time to time, we are also requested to provide transport for families with children.

We therefore require all volunteer drivers to hold a certificate of enhanced disclosure that has been issued by the Disclosure & Barring Service. If you wish to become a Volunteer Driver with the Transport Service, we can assist you in obtaining one.

More Information

If you would like to know more about becoming a Volunteer Driver with the Southern Derbyshire Dales Transport Service, please drop in and see us, or get in touch by phone:


Contact: Lynn Limb on 01335 344700 (10.00 to 13.00, Monday-Friday) 

Email:    Based in our Ashbourne office.

Volunteer Application Form


Expenses Forms

Expenses Form (Mental Health Clients)

Expenses Form (Other Clients)


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Last Modified: 22 Nov 2018