Service needs volunteers to keep driving its success
Popular Chilterns Dial-a-Ride team is struggling to meet demand
A CHARITY that provides transport for people in Bucks with mobility problems is in desperate need of some new volunteer drivers to meet the growing service demand.
The Chilterns Dial-a-Ride (CDAR) operates a successful and ‘much appreciated’ service in Chiltern and South Bucks districts providing transport for those in the community with mobility problems . It runs a door to door service with trained drivers and minibuses all with wheelchair access.
In April CDAR extended its services to include Wycombe district. In a very short time, the charity had to acquire three more minibuses for its new coverage £45,000.
Chairman David Ouvry said: “Without them we could never have started. We’re delighted we managed to raise the full sum, thanks to generous grants from The Heart of Bucks (Buckinghamshire Community Foundation) and The Paradigm Foundation, as well as two trusts that wish to remain anonymous.”
“We’re very pleased with the speed that people in Wycombe district have been taking up our service.
“In May, we had already carried 497 passengers from Wycombe district over the month and in June, the figure rose to 631, close to the number of passengers carried in our other two districts.
“This just shows underlying need for CDAR service.”
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However, Mr Ouvry said the charity, which is based in Latimer Park, is struggling to meet the demand for the service with its current number of volunteers.
He added: “We are running at near full capacity, but now what we really need is more volunteer drivers to help us meet demand.
“The volunteer team is currently about 20 strong, but they are fully stretched and with the blossoming in Wycombe district, the need to find more volunteers is a top priority.”
CDAR has a mix of volunteer drivers as well as paid drivers and it provides full training for new recruits.
The charity has now joined the Bucks Time Credit network, a scheme which recognises the time volunteers give to
MOBILE : One of the three new minibuses that Chilterns Dial-a-Ride is using in Wycombe District. The charity’s operations and scheduling team senior transport officer Jo Francis-Gow and assistant scheduler Jo Ashdown the community. For more information or to sign-up as a volunteer call CDAR on 01494 766 123.