For immediate release Monday 5 September 2011
For further information Derek Masterton
Contact number 0141 891 4016 or 07818 457589
The British Red Cross is looking for volunteers with drive to help provide vital services for vulnerable people in Argyll.
The humanitarian organisation needs drivers for its transport and escort and patient transport services in the Helensburgh and Dunoon areas.
Both services help people who have difficulty getting to hospital for appointments. It may be because of age, mobility problems, or because they cannot access public transport.
Transport and escort drivers use their own cars and are paid mileage to cover their costs. Most journeys are from service users’ homes to hospitals in the Glasgow area and take place between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Patient transport drivers use a Red Cross vehicle to ferry people from their homes to hospital and back.
Anne Crerar, Red Cross services manager in Argyll, said: “These are very important services that provide a lifeline to many people, particularly in rural areas.
“Volunteering for all Red Cross services is very flexible. We recognise that people lead busy lives and have limited free time. Drivers can advise us of their availability and it doesn’t have to be on a regular day each week. We will check with them at least 24 hours before they are needed if they will be free to help.”
Patient transport drivers are needed in both the Helensburgh and Dunoon areas. Transport and escort drivers are required in the Helensburgh area.
The pick-up area around Helensburgh covers places such as Rosneath. Kilcreggan, Garelochhead, Alexandria, Balloch and Dumbarton. Service users from those areas go to local and Glasgow hospitals.
Areas covered from Dunoon include Tighnabruaich, Kames and Cairndow, taking patients to Inverclyde Royal and Glasgow hospitals.
Full training will be given to all new volunteers.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the patient transport service or the transport and escort service should contact Anne Crerar on 01436 672507 or by email at ACrerar@redcross.org.uk
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.