20 July 2012
For immediate release Friday 20 July 2012
For further information Derek Masterton
Contact number 0141 891 4016 or 07818 457589
Help keep the wheels turning with the Red Cross
The British Red Cross is looking for volunteers with drive to help provide vital services for vulnerable people in the Forth Valley.
The humanitarian organisation needs drivers for its transport and escort service in towns in the area such as Falkirk, Stirling and Alloa.
The Red Cross is also seeking volunteers for its medical loan service, based in Falkirk.
The transport and escort service helps people who have difficulty getting to hospital or medical centres for appointments. It may be because of age, mobility problems, or because they cannot access public transport.
The service can also help people maintain their independence for longer by taking them shopping or to day centres for social activities.
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 and GP surgeries in the local area but, in some cases they may need to attend hospitals in Glasgow or Edinburgh.
The medical loan service provides wheelchairs and other items of equipment to people who need them for a short time after hospital stays or accidents.
Volunteers will issue the equipment from the Red Cross headquarters in Falkirk. They will also help clean, service and carry out basic maintenance on the wheelchairs and keep records of the loans. Their duties will also involve handling telephone enquiries for the service.
Volunteers for the medical loan service need to be able to commit to at least three hours per week.
Catriona Herd, Red Cross volunteer development officer for Central Scotland, said: “These are very important services that can help to improve the lives of many people.
“Although we need medical loan volunteers to commit to a minimum of three hours a week, we try to make volunteering for Red Cross services as flexible as possible. We recognise that people lead busy lives and have limited free time.
“Transport and escort 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.”
Anyone interested in volunteering for the transport and escort or medical loan services can contact Catriona Herd by telephone on 01324 679060 or by email at recruitmentMSA@redcross.org.uk
For further information on the work of the British Red Cross visit www.redcross.org.uk.
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Notes to editors
Last year in Scotland, the Red Cross:
Responded to 444 emergencies including those caused by flooding and extreme winter weather.
Trained 33,167 people in life saving first aid skills
Enabled 32,850 people to live more independently through health and social care services
Helped 571 people through refugee services
Worked with teachers to reach 22,863 young people with humanitarian education
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.