Can you help? - transport volunteers wanted
The hunt is on for community stars to help some of the most vulnerable people in their area.
A volunteer recruitment drive is being launched to find generous people to help support community transport operators.
Volunteers are needed to become drivers, to help people to get to and from vital appointments such as health and social care.
Reaching people with the passion and time to volunteer for a cause is a constant struggle for many organisations and this recruitment drive hopes to attract drivers who will be able to drive minibuses for community transport schemes.
Volunteers willing to drive their own cars to transport people, for which they will receive a mileage rate, are also urgently needed.
Volunteer escorts are also needed to help passengers in and out of vehicles and to help make them feel comfortable during the journey.
Volunteers can gain a huge amount of satisfaction:
Chris Rowe who has volunteered for 2 years and said: “I get satisfaction knowing that I help others to get to their appointments, shopping or visiting friends.” Madge Forsyth, volunteer for 14 years, said: “The smile on people’s faces when I pick them up to take them to their appointments is all the reward I need.”
As well as helping recruit more volunteers, the aim of the project is to establish and build relationships with partners across the health, social care and transport sectors. These relationships are essential in delivering the objectives of the Health and Transport Action Plan (HTAP), designed to improve partnership working across a range of transport and health related issues with access to services being a key issue.
Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities should contact the Transport to Health Information Centre on (01224) 665568. THInC can also provide information on how to get to health appointment by public transport.
The HTAP partners include:
- Aberdeen City Council
- Aberdeenshire Council
- Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations
- Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
- Community Transport Association
- First Aberdeen
- Moray Council
- NHS Grampian
- Scottish Ambulance Service
- Stagecoach North Scotland