Don’t have your own transport? Struggle to use public transport?
We may be able to help! We operate a volunteer transport scheme from Monday to Friday, covering Wantage, Grove and outlying villages. We drive clients to Day Centres, surgeries, hospitals, shops, to visit friends and many more locations! There is a charge for using the transport scheme and you must call to book in advance. Typical charges (at current prices*) include – Wantage to Mably Way surgery £5.00, Wantage to JR hospital £22**.
Are you receiving Income Support or Pension Credit Guarantee? If so, we may be able to claim the cost of an Oxford hospital journey directly from the hospital. Please note that for hospital trips, the driver will normally wait up to 3 hours. Trips of longer duration (eg day surgery) will be charged as 2 trips.
Please call the WIAC on 01235 765348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to make a transport booking. Although we have fewer drivers than our usual 60 due to the pandemic, we still have volunteer drivers who with a few extra precautions are taking clients to essential need and medical related appointments. We have several new drivers as well, which is amazing, and as such we are able to take clients at short notice or over the weekend to their Covid19 vaccine appointments.
The WIAC has a number of its own wheelchairs which can be used by clients for the journey to and from the car/location. However, unfortunately our drivers are not able to transport a client who would need to remain in the wheelchair for the journey itself. Unfortunately due to the guidelines that we have had to put in place as the result of the current Covid19 pandemic, the volunteer drivers are not able to assist a client by going into the hospital with the client. However if necessary we can help by making arrangements for a porter to meet you at the main entrance.
Last year (April 1st 2019 -March 31st 2020) our 60 volunteer drivers transported 6,000 people nearly 90,000 miles in and around the Vale of White Horse. About 25% of our drives are to the Oxford Hospitals.
We are currently looking for new volunteer drivers who live in any of the towns or villages on this Western side of the Vale. We appreciate that you might be a little bit wary of doing some volunteer driving just now with the Covid19 situation but the office team would be happy to talk to you about the risk assessment and processes that we’ve put in place to try to minimise the risks to both the volunteers and the clients. For example, just an hour or two once a week to collect a client from their own home to take them to a nearby Day Centre (and/or return them back home) would make such a difference. Head over to our VOLUNTEERING section to read a little more, or ring 01235 770318 and ask for Kathy, Wendy or Paula to talk a little more about this initiative and how you may be able to help.
* Current prices: as at April 2019
** Please note that a small proportion of the charge is used to cover the administration costs of the transport scheme.