Transport

FoCH provides transport for the Day Centre through an accessible minibus and a wheelchair accessible ambulance that we own, maintain and for which we manage a driver pool.

The Friends are always seeking volunteer drivers, in order to ensure continuity of cover during periods of holiday or sickness. Hours are varied so we can fit into your requirements and full training is provided.

This is an opportunity to join an existing team of volunteers and make a real difference to the lives of many elderly or infirm local residents

If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact our transport coordinator Jim Kingsford.

Training

The major part of the training is provided by an independent trainer from MIDAS who is also a qualified RoSPA trainer.

This is in two parts:

  • the first part being theory covering the law concerning the use of our vehicles plus what is basically included in the Highway code,
  • the second part consists of a driving test to check driving ability & that the drivers have not got any bad habits such as ‘riding the clutch’. On completion he will point out any minor faults that may have been in evidence (mine – Mike – was keeping my left hand resting on the gear lever longer that necessary). The driving test is version of the advanced driving test so is of a fairly high standard as necessary for drivers who will be carrying members of the public.

certificate is issued that is valid for 4 years (after which it will need to be renewed).

The training for how to load the wheelchair ambulance is done by me, Mike Eldred.

On all journeys with passengers, the driver will take an escort who has also been trained by MIDAS on the correct manner to load and unload a wheelchair, as well as how to help their passengers to get from their front door, on to the vehicle & (of course) the reverse process on arrival at the Day Centre.

Mike Eldred
Transport Coordinator