Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to get people out to vital life and health services, increasing their social interaction.
The Car Scheme is a car sharing scheme with volunteer drivers using their own cars to take clients to and from a destination of their own choice. To become eligible for the scheme, you must have no transport of your own and be unable to access public transport for whatever reason.
When a client registers with the scheme, they receive an ID number. Journeys can be anything from visiting a friend, shopping, attending the doctor, to the bus/train station or just going for coffee. Payment is on a minimum charge or mileage rate basis.
Volunteer Drivers become members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme, which involves a search of criminal records. They are offered full training to carry out their required duties. Drivers are paid a mileage rate which is non-profit making and under car sharing legislation, so should not affect their car insurance
“I think it is so handy and it gives me my independence. Without the car scheme I would be stranded in my own home”