The British Red Cross provide help in the community and part of that is their Medical Loan service. They provide mobility aids for a short term loan such as wheelchairs walking aids bathing aids so people can live independently in their own homes. They are in need of Volunteer Van drivers who will collect a van from Reading and then drive to Wokingham and Bracknell to collect mobility aids such as wheelchairs and the drive to their depot in Crawley to unload and replace with new stock. After taking a lunch break in Crawley, the volunteers will the drive back to Bracknell and Reading to unload stock. This would take place on a Thursday between approximately 9.30am and 4.30pm, although the finish may be earlier depending on stock and traffic. Volunteers will be part of two man team. They must be a competent driver and be able to lift a wheelchair.

Sue Ryder provides hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life changing diagnosis. We do whatever can to be a safety net for our patients and their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives.  At the Wokingham Day Hospice, they provide specialist palliative care services to patients living at home. They need help from volunteers drivers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to transport patients to and from the day hospice using their own cars. Expenses are reimbursed.

The Wokingham Transport Scheme provides low cost transport for the elderly to hospital, the doctors, physiotheraphy and dentist appointments . They need to recruit more drivers who live in Wokingham, Finchampstead or Winnersh. Drivers will be called on an ad hoc basis and they will be required to provide transport to and from their desired destination and in many cases help them to attend their appointment. Expenses are re-imbursed. It really does make such a difference to the clients lives.

Earleybus is a community minibus operator for the elderly, wheelchair users and local voluntary organisations. They are looking for minibus drivers, who have a full, clean driving licence and the relevant driving experience. Volunteers will need to have a first aid certificate or be prepared to attend a First Aid course. 

The Crowthorne Stroke and Disabled Club meet once a month on the last Thursday apart from August and December. They have five outings a year and five meetings in the Morgan Centre, Crowthorne.  The outings are usually quite local apart from an annual boat trip from Henley. The meetings in the hall start at 10.00 am and finish at 12.00 noon. They are looking for a driver for their minibus to drive for the 10 outings of the year. The trips out are usually from 11.00 am to 2.30 pm. Obviously the driver would have to start his collection of members at least an hour before and after those times, depending on the numbers attending. Must have a full clean driving licence. Midas training to drive the minibus will be provided.

There are schemes all round Borough, so please contact us if you are interested in being a Volunteer Driver, but live in the Earley, Woodley, Twyford, Shinfield, Arborfield or Swallowfield areas. 

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