South Somerset Association for Voluntary Communication Action (SSVCA) was established in April 2007. The organisation started life in October 1981 as Yeovil & District CVS operating with 1 minibus with tail-lift and a private car. Since that time the charity has evolved and now operates a fleet of 15 wheelchair accessible minibuses, 5 small wheelchair accessible vehicles, over 40 volunteer car drivers (using their own vehicles) and Chard and Ilminster Slinky Services, as well as Somerset Links based in Langport.
Last year we undertook over 24,000 journeys for individuals and community groups. This includes medical appointments and social activities; e.g shopping, day trips, as well as providing support to local care homes and transporting day care residents with dementia (as well as medical and social issues).
We also provide School Transport for children with physical and mental learning difficulties; this covers children from as young as 4 up to 18.
With an increasing number of elderly people living in the rural community and a decline in state funding of other service providers eg. Patient transport. This, combined with the introduction of specialist centres within the NHS - and patients able to choose a location in order to reduce waiting times - has caused and will continue to cause, an increase in the demand for our services, both in the number of requests for transport and for journeys over a larger geographical area.