DOOR TO DOOR AND BACK HOME
A FRIENDLY LOCAL SERVICE
Briefly, the scheme is aimed primarily at those without a car at their disposal, to allow them to attend appointments—GP, other clinics, hospital, dentist, chiropodist etc.—or who have difficulty with shopping trips or visiting family or friends. Charges will be nominally based on 40p per mile (to cover drivers’ costs), although for ease of operation there will be set charges for common journeys such as the Newburgh surgery, PRI etc.. Drivers will return their ‘clients’ at the end of appointments/visits.
Preparations are underway to get this scheme off the ground. A group of 15 volunteer drivers has now had 4 meetings, including one with an experienced driver from the long-running Kinross Volunteer group, where practical issues were discussed.
The Abernethy group includes a chair, a secretary and a treasurer, and a constitution is under negotiation with P&K Council, from whom we have every confidence of obtaining start-up funding. A few hurdles remain to be negotiated, but it is hoped the scheme will be up and running before too long.
We have enough drivers to kick things off once all the bureaucracy has been waded through, but…..
WE NEED A COORDINATOR—someone who has charge of the scheme’s dedicated mobile phone, who takes requests for visits and then arranges for one of the drivers to commit to each job. Clients would be expected to contact the coordinator during a set period each day, and preferably at least 2 days in advance of an appointment/visit. The coordinator would also be expected to keep records of who goes where and when.
ARE YOU THAT PERSON? If you think you might be, phone 07840212747. Let’s get this service going!