Our Voluntary Car Schemes

Ashfield Voluntary Action runs two car schemes: a voluntary car scheme for people living in Sutton-in-Ashfield or Hucknall who have difficulty in accessing public transport and another car scheme for residents of Ashfield and Mansfield who are undergoing radiotherapy treatment at City Hospital.

 

Our main Car Scheme

 

Our main Car Scheme provides transport for those who have difficulty using or are unable access public transport provided by volunteer drivers.

 

Voluntary Car Scheme June 18

 

Our Clients are people who, find it difficult or impossible to use public transport, this could be due to mobility problems or simply because they do not live near a bus route.  Clients register with our service once a year, once registered they can phone one of our offices to book a journey. The cost of the journey is based on mileage from the drivers home. Our clients use the service for visits to hospital, GP surgeries, day and community centre’s or perhaps to visit friends.  If requested, drivers will wait for the client if they have an appointment. We have numerous clients who have been using our service for many years, building up trust and friendship with our volunteer drivers. We receive great feedback and for the service our volunteer drivers provide.

 

Our Drivers are volunteers who use  their own cars  and  time to help  others. Drivers go through a DBS check process prior to joining our team and they can give as much or little time as  they want.  Most of our drivers have been working with us for many years and enjoy getting out and about meeting people whilst providing a valuable service.

 

The car scheme is open from Monday – Thursday 10am – 1pm.

For more information on registering with our Car Scheme call: 0115 963 7261.

 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver please check the volunteer page on our website for more information.

 

“A valuable and worthwhile service.  I found it invaluable in the care of my husband and would like to register my gratitude for the kindness of the drivers who were so patient in their treatment to him”.

 

“Thank you for being so prompt in my hour of need.  I am so grateful for the service you provide.  Keep up the good work”.

The Radiotherapy Car Scheme

 

Ashfield Voluntary Action also runs the Radiotherapy Car Scheme which provides free transport to patients from the Districts of Mansfield and Ashfield who are undergoing radiotherapy treatment at Nottingham City Hospital.

 

All radiotherapy treatment for residents in Mansfield and Ashfield is carried out at City Hospital, and whilst a good proportion of patients are able to rely on friends and family members to take them for their treatment; this is not possible for everyone. The service is aimed at patients with additional needs who are undergoing radiotherapy treatment who would struggle to use hospital transport.

 

The Radiotherapy Car Scheme provides a free transport service to City Hospital for patients from Ashfield and Mansfield, attending radiotherapy treatment. Typically treatment is given daily for a period of 6 weeks with each radiotherapy session lasting from 10-18 minutes.The hospital is under a statutory obligation to provide transport for patients and does so through ARRIVA, but this service is far from ideal for radiotherapy patients. The ARRIVA service typically means that people will be out of the house for up to 6-8 hours. Whilst this is reasonable on an occasional basis, it is very draining for those undergoing radiotherapy treatment, particularly as some types of radiotherapy can make the patient quite unwell. The scheme originally was developed as patients were actually refusing life-saving radiotherapy.

 

We work closely with the Radiotherapy Department at Nottingham City Hospital who identify patients who are in particular need of the scheme. Typically the patients we support have additional needs and would otherwise find attending their radiotherapy treatment very difficult. As an illustration, we have recently supported a frail  elderly patient who needed to be taken to sessions in a wheelchair, another patient with a learning disability who needed to be accompanied to sessions, and other patients with a range of additional complex medical needs.

 

If you would like to know more about the Radiotherapy Car Scheme or are interested in becoming a volunteer driver please contact Sarah Taylor on 01623 555 551