Warwickshire Health Transport hail a successful volunteer driver recruitment in Rugby

tom_driver_erica_rugbyWarwickshire Health Transport would like to thank the local community following a recent recruitment drive in Rugby’s Library which has attracted a number of people to seek more information about becoming a volunteer.

On Wednesday 26 October 2016, Superheroes from Warwickshire Health Transport were out in Rugby Library asking local residents: Are you a community-driven individual looking for some way to help your local area? Do you have a full UK driving license and own your own vehicle? If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’ then Warwickshire Health Transport want to hear from you.

Throughout the day the superheroes spoke to a number of people who expressed an interest in becoming volunteer drivers with the local scheme. Staff were also fortunate enough to be joined by some of the current drivers who drive for Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action Network (CAVA) and who were more than happy to talk to members of the public about their personal experiences of Volunteer Driving.

Tom, who has been a volunteer driver for over 21 years and who often drives up-to 5 days a week providing home-to-hospital transport, said of his volunteering:

“I’ve gradually picked up my hours driving over the years as I have had more time available to do so and I absolutely love the time I spend helping people get where they need to go. It’s so rewarding and I get to meet so many interesting people and the characters…”

gordon_driver_rugbyMany people are fortunate enough to be able to rely on family and friends to get them to and from any medical appointments they may require. For those people who are not so fortunate or who are unable to use public transport (or where no public transport is available), Warwickshire is home to five Voluntary Car Schemes that are happy to help! These schemes are collectively known as Warwickshire Health Transport.

Recently, Warwickshire Health Transport launched a one-stop number – 01926 412300 – and Website – www.warwickshire.gov.uk/healthtransport – to provide all Warwickshire residents with the information that they need to make informed decisions about home-to-health transport. In order to meet the increase in demand this new information about the scheme might generate, Warwickshire County Council are looking to recruit a number of new volunteers across all areas of the county.

The Council wants to hear from you, if you:

  • Have a UK driving licence;
  • Own your own vehicle and have fully comprehensive insurance;
  • Want to make a real difference to your local community by helping people get to and from medical appointments.

rugbystandandstaffAnyone can volunteer to be a driver regardless of gender, age or religion and volunteers can work as much or as little as possible, with working hours to suit them and mileage expenses being paid in full.

If this sounds a whole lot like you, telephone 01926 412600 for an informal discussion or visit: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/buses/hidden-superhero

Cllr Jose Compton, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, said: “it’s great to hear that interest is building around our campaign to recruit more drivers to provide home-to-hospital transport. One of the many ways that Warwickshire is a great place to live is that we can rely on the spirit of community to meet people’s low-level needs. One great example of this is the Warwickshire Health Transport Scheme, which helps people – often elderly or infirm – to access medical appointments that they wouldn’t always be able to attend.”

Cllr Alan Webb, chair of the Adult Social Care & Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee, added:

“The work of the Warwickshire Health Transport volunteers is invaluable to our communities in the assistance that they provide to people who may otherwise be isolated. Our scheme volunteers are truly superheroes and I would hope to see this recruitment campaign increase their numbers.”

You can find out more about Warwickshire Health Transport on the Warwickshire Website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/healthtransport