Have a driving ambition to help others?
A BUCKS charity that helps people with mobility problems get our and about it appealing for more drivers.
The Chilterns-Dial-aRide’s (CDAR) door to door transport service for those in the community with mobility problems covers three out of four of Buckinghamshire’s districts including Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe.
Chairman David Ouvry said: “We’ve never been busier, with more than 13,000 passenger journeys a year, that’s over 1,100 a month.
“CDAR has a dedicated team of drivers – some are paid and about 20 are volunteers, but we badly need more people to give some of their time to assist us in keeping pace with the steadily rising demand.”
Volunteer driver Michael Penton, 67, from Chesham, said: “My wife and I received so much help when she was in need of special care and I wanted to give something back to the community.
“There came a time when I had more time on my hands, and now I spend a couple of days a week driving with CDAR. It’s both fulfilling and profoundly satisfying, what I do.”
Greg Grace, 48, from Loudwater, works a four day week as a paid driver.
She said: “After working in a rather humdrum job for a number of years, driving with CDAR is the best job I’ve ever had – it’s very rewarding, helping people.”
CDAR is now appealing for more drivers to ‘help to help’ vulnerable people in the community who cannot get around easily.
Based at Latimer Park, near Chesham, CDAR has a range of minibuses, from small to large, the smaller ones being driven by those with standard driving licences. All drivers are given thorough training.
CDAR’s operations manager Jo Francis-Gow said: “Potential drivers out there, whether as volunteers or paid, find a little time and step forward to join our cheerful and caring team.”
For more information call 01494 766 123 or visit www.chiltern-dial-a-ride. net.
CDAR are appealing for drivers