Melksham & District Link

Our community is at the heart of what we do

What is Link?

Link is a charitable organisation run by volunteers and is part of a countywide Good Neighbours scheme that helps local residents get to medical appointments when they have no other way of getting there. We operate in Melksham and the surrounding areas to help those who need it the most.

Can Link help you?

If you have a medical appointment, one of our Link volunteer drivers will come and pick you up from home at an appropriate time to get you to your appointment; we will then wait and return you back home. Unfortunately our volunteer drivers are unable to assist wheelchair users unless a carer accompanies the client. The carer must be able to lift the wheelchair in and out of the car. Not all of our drivers’ cars can accommodate a wheelchair so we have very limited availability. Wheelchair users going to a NHS hospital may be eligible for hospital transport, please check on the NHS website for details.

Many clients will ask how much should I give? As a charity, we do not charge for our services but do rely on client donations to cover our running costs, which consist mainly of petrol money for our drivers of 45p per mile. The driver can give clients an idea of the mileage for their trip but the actual donation is at the client’s discretion.

If you are in receipt of certain benefits, you may be able to claim some or all of your travel costs from the hospital you are attending. Called the “Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme” information is available on the NHS website.

Legacies and Larger Donations

Melksham Link relies totally on donations and unpaid volunteers to fund and run our activities. Clients are requested to make a donation for each trip undertaken. However, occasionally, people decide to leave us a legacy in their will or make a larger donation to help us maintain our valuable service. If you or your loved ones would like to make such a donation then please contact our main number 07979 129052 and you will be directed to the Treasurer who can help you make suitable arrangements.

Which areas do we cover?

Melksham Link covers Melksham and the local surrounding areas. These include:

  • Shaw
  • Whitley
  • Beanacre
  • Forest
  • Bowerhill
  • Atworth
  • Broughton Gifford
  • Lacock
  • Semington

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Can’t see your area on the list?

If you can’t see your area on the list above then check our nearby link schemes section below where we provide contact details and information about other link schemes that may cover where you live.

We have provided their phone numbers and websites where you can find more information about them. However, if you are unsure who to call then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do all we can to help you.

Nearby Link Schemes

Corsham Link

A telephone icon  07784 887105

Trowbridge Link

A telephone icon  07969 347042

Calne Link

A telephone icon  07715 587604

Westbury Link

A telephone icon 01373 859669

Chippenham Link

A telephone icon  07769 110761

Devizes Link

A telephone icon  01380 721775

Seend Link

A telephone icon 07532 055560

How can you help Melksham Link?

Melksham Link Volunteers perform a number of different roles, including driving, coordinating and administration.

If any of these roles interest you please contact us to find out more and to see if we are currently recruiting more volunteers.

Call 07979 129052

or Email us at melkshamlink@gmail.com

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Free Time

Do you have some free time to help Melksham link?

Training & Support

All volunteers receive training and support appropriate to their role.

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Transportation

Volunteer drivers ideally need a 4 or 5 door car.

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Commitment.

Drivers can choose which days/times they wish to drive. Coordinators need to commit to a minimum of 2 consecutive days every 5 or 6 weeks.

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Fuel Reimbursed

You will be reimbursed 45p per mile towards fuel for using your own vehicle.

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Rewarding

The role is vital and rewarding. You will be making a difference in the community.

Get in touch

If you need to get in touch with us please call us on the number below.

a phone icon  07979 129052

or Email us at

melkshamlink@gmail.com