Halton’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing-style’ Tea Dances urgently need volunteer drivers to transport the elderly to the twice-weekly events.

The tea dances provide the opportunity for retired residents of Runcorn and Widnes to enjoy afternoons of movement and music.

The events, staged by dance organisers ‘Older But Wiser Wellbeing Lifestyle’, are held at The Heath Business and Technical Park and Hope Corner in Runcorn and are specially designed to support older people in making new friends, having fun and looking after their health.

However, the group urgently needs volunteer drivers to help patrons travel to the regular venues.

Applicants will need to have a full driver’s licence, be insured with business use added and have a current MOT. Volunteers must also be happy to use their own car to transport service users to and from dances and social activities in Halton. A Disclosure and Barring Service check is also necessary for this role.

“I believe that good health is helped by good companionship,” says Alan McKie, the founder of Older But Wiser: Dance. “A positive attitude to life and some gently physical activities are the keys to staying young, healthy – and attractive! With that in mind for our dancers, our ideal candidate for this driver position would be someone with a good sense of humour, who enjoys the company of older people, is interested in what they have to say and delights in having a chat!”

Volunteers complete an induction period and need to be willing and physically able to push a wheelchair.

The Tea Dances take place every Monday and Friday from 1pm and cost just £4, including tea and cake.

“The Halton Tea Dances provide regular opportunities for Runcorn and Widnes residents, both single and married, to meet new people and share experiences,” says John Lewis, Managing Director of SOG, which operates The Heath.

“I hope that local people will respond to the appeal to support this new voluntary transport scheme that is being set up which will help many more people to come and join in!”

For more information about Older But Wiser Wellbeing Lifestyle and its Tea Dances, and how to apply to be a volunteer driver, please visit the website at http://www.olderbutwiser-wellbeing.com/index.html, or call 01928 513365.