William joins volunteer drive

Williams Peters from Ballykelly loves to drive, so much so that he decided to put his passion and skills to good use.

The 74-year-old retired Du Pont worker started as a driver for North Coast Community Transport four year ago. He drives people, many who live off public transport routes, for weekly appointments to the doctor and trips to the supermarket.

“I started volunteering because I wanted to do somthing to pass the time and get out and about and meet people,” he said. “Mainly those are the reasons. I like driving and you get to meet a lot of people that you wouldn’t normally get to meet.”

William says if he wasn’t out and about he would be at home.

“I’ve been on routes I was never on before. I know the countryside better now than I ever did!”

Urging others to volunteer, he said: “If you like something do it. get out and about. It keeps you moving.”

As part of the European Year of Volunteering, Volunteer Now with support from the North West Volunteer Centre is calling on over 50s in Derry to join them for a great day out and to try their hand at volunteering.

The Action Day, which is part of Volunteer Now’s Unlocking Potential Project, is on Friday 30th September and includes a free breakfast at 9.30am at The Playhouse Theatre with the opportunity to meet other volunteers before making their way to local organisations to take part in volunteering activities from 11am – 1.30pm.

The day is free of charge and is supported by Boots.

Participants can pick a volunteering activity and location that suits them ahead of the day.

To register, contact Sarah-Jane Goldring on 028 71271017.For information visit www.volunteernow.co.uk.