Volunteer Drivers Wanted in North and South West of Milton Keynes!

We are looking for new drivers in the North of Milton Keynes especially in the Old Stratford, Greenleys, Hodge Lea, Bancroft Park, Great Linford Area and South West areas West Bletchley, Emerson Valley, Furzton, Shenley Wood, Shenley Lodge, Westcroft, etc.SComm Actio16041512310_0001

 

 

For more information please get in touch with either Tracy Whitmore or Laura Jeffery on 01908 670309 or email: ccsmk@communityactionmk.org.


Pledges and Sponsorship Required to help expand the Community Car Service!

As the Community Car Service is proving to be a successful and much needed service for Milton Keynes, Community Action:MK has set up a Crowdfunding web page to raise funds to extend the project to other areas in Milton Keynes next year. They are looking for people/groups/ organisations/companies to pledge, or sponsor the project. There are some great rewards available for those that pledge so please check out the page! Please feel free to share this information/link with others so we can continue to make this project a valuable service for residents in Milton Keynes!

If you require any further information please contact Tracy Whitmore – Community Car Service Co-ordinator or Laura Jeffrey the Community Car Service Administrator on 01908 670309 or 01908 661623 or email at ccsmk@communityactionmk.org.


 

Community Car Service Update

Since opening its doors on 28th September 2015 the Pilot CA:MK Community Car Service and its 11 volunteer drivers have provided over 200 journeys to residents across Milton Keynes! In a short space of time we have built up a successful service with regular passengers, a group of committed volunteer drivers and proven there is a significant need for this type of service in Milton Keynes especially as the population is growing and getting older. 

The aim of the Community Car Service is to provide safe and reliable transportation for vulnerable members of the community in order to help them access a range of medical services or social care visits. The service is also being supported by Milton Keynes Council, South Northants Volunteer Bureau, five Parish Councils including Campbell Park and funding from MK Community Foundation. 

Positive feedback has already been received from several passengers including Mrs Knight of Willen (pictured above with volunteer driver Geoff Woolmore). Mrs Knight explains I saw an advert in the Parish Council newsletter for the Community Car Service and we needed help getting to hospital appointments so thought we would give them a ring and haven’t looked back. Since then they have been a godsend, we can ring them up with our journey details and then leave it up to them to sort out, it takes away the worry of how to get to places. We are so pleased we decided to ring them, the staff and drivers are really helpful and we couldn’t do it without them!

Passengers can register with the service for £15. They also pay 45 pence per mile directly to the drivers to cover the cost of petrol/diesel for the journey from the drivers to passengers house to the destination and back.

The Volunteer drivers themselves also feel this is an invaluable service for people who may struggle with use/access/cost of public transport and are committed to helping passengers. As Volunteer driver Geoff explains My volunteer driver role makes me feel as if I am helping another human being who otherwise may have varying problems in reaching destinations. Being disabled myself I understand the pitfalls and mobility challenges that can arise for some sectors of the community. I feel I can provide a total commitment to service users inasmuch as I do it because I want to. I enjoy helping others on a voluntary basis, meeting different people and it has helped me to understand the various difficulties some people have to contend with.


Passengers Wanted!

Do you struggle to get to doctor, dental, hospital or other essential appointments?

Then this might be the service for you!

The Community Car Service matches up passengers who struggle to use local public transport with volunteer drivers who will take them to either hospital or Social Care activities, with a friendly administrator ‘linking’ drivers and passengers. We provide local, friendly volunteer car drivers to provide a door-to-door transport service for people who are unable to get to medical and social care appointments such as:

  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Opticians
  • Hospitals
  • Chiropodists
  • Lunch Clubs ie Irish Centre, Age UK lunch clubs etc
  • Clubs & Societies, ie U3A, Sew & Sews, chess club, gardening club,
  • Support Sessions ie Macintyre, Headway, Carers MK, Rethink, Moorlands Health Support Network etc
  • Exercise Classes including dance classes, Swimming, Tai chi, Yoga, Walking etc
  • Day Centres ie MK Snap, Macintyre Centre, Neath Hill, Age UK Milton Keynes Centre; Peartree Bridge, etc
  • Counselling Sessions, relate, BLMK Mind,Visiting relatives in Hospital/Care homes
  • Group related activities ie Alzheimer visit to Dobbies etc
  • Age UK related activities
  • Volunteering opportunities

We do not cover:

  • Shopping Trips
  • Day trips
  • Station/ Coachway/ Airport drop offs
  • Visiting friends

We also take people to visit relatives who are in hospital or residential care. There is an initial £15 membership and then mileage costs of 45p per mile payable to the driver.

If you would like to find out more – please ring Laura Jeffery or Tracy Whitmore on 01908 670309 or email ccsmk@communityactionmk.org.


Volunteer Drivers Wanted!

Do you have some free time?

Are you a car owner and like driving?

Would you like to help people in your local area by becoming a volunteer car driver?

Do you live in or around the following areas, Simpson, Ashland, Walton Park, Walnut Tree, Wavendon Gate, Woolstone, Woughton on the Green, Passmore, Springfield, Fishermead, and Oldbrook?

We are looking for people willing to give their time to transport the elderly and disabled to a range of medical appointments and social care activities. These are generally in Milton Keynes and local area, but can occasionally be to Bedford, Northampton, Aylesbury, and Oxford.

You do not have to travel to areas you are not familiar with and we only ask you to volunteer as and when you are available and willing; this can be anything from a few hours a week to all week depending on your preferences and availability. You will need your own car, however, all mileage costs are reimbursed at the current HMRC rate.

You will receive relevant DBS checks, training and support as Community Action:MK are committed to safeguarding adults and ensuring we run a professional service.

You will need to inform your insurance company that you are volunteering and insurance companies do not impose a financial penalty for this.

For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with either Tracy Whitmore or Laura Jeffery on 01908 670309 or 01908 661623 or email ccsmk@communityactionmk.org.

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