Killin vol­un­teer car scheme is launched

The Oban Times - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Al­most 60 peo­ple at­tended the launch of the Killin and District Vol­un­teer Car Scheme (KDVCS) on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 27.

The car scheme of­fers ‘a safe, re­li­able, friendly and af­ford­able, door to door, vol­un­tary car ser­vice to res­i­dents of Killin and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, who find it dif­fi­cult to use pub­lic trans­port to ac­cess NHS and other ser­vices which sup­port and main­tain their well­be­ing’.

Orig­i­nally set up for hospi­tal and med­i­cal jour­neys, the scheme has de­vel­oped a new con­sti­tu­tion to in­clude peo­ple who may be iso­lated, lonely or suf­fer from Alzheimer’s dis­ease or strokes.

‘We are very grate­ful for a start-up grant from Stir­ling Coun­cil, which has helped us to set the wheels in mo­tion,’ an or­gan­iser told The Oban Times. ‘We are able to pay our vol­un­teer driv­ers the na­tion­ally agreed rates, while re­duc­ing costs to pas­sen­gers who meet our cri­te­ria to 20p per mile.

‘We are grate­ful to Anne Fer­gu­son, who sup­ported us with the grant, and with the ef­forts of Coun­cil­lor Martyn Earl and Jeremy McDon­ald, who have worked hard to raise the is­sues of trans­port needs within our com­mu­ni­ties. The launch rounded off with a pre­sen­ta­tion of a cheque from Stephen Kerr MP and fur­ther do­na­tions from the au­di­ence of more than £60. We are grate­ful for any and every do­na­tion or grant, as we are keen to keep our costs as low as pos­si­ble. Our most ex­pen­sive jour­neys are to hos­pi­tals with 90mile round trips and much fur­ther if pa­tients’ needs are re­ferred onto other hos­pi­tals for spe­cial­ist treat­ment. All th­ese miles with­out any direct pub­lic trans­port links.’

Coun­cil­lor Jim Thom­son said: ‘It’s bril­liant to see this scheme get off the ground and the praise goes to the or­gan­is­ers and lo­cal com­mu­nity who have worked hard to make this pos­si­ble.

‘Vol­un­teer­ing is ob­vi­ously vi­tally im­por­tant.’

Pho­to­graph Ron All­ner.

Left to right: Stephen Kerr MP, Stir­ling Coun­cil’s head of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and re­gen­er­a­tion Anne Fer­gu­son, Bruce Craw­ford MSP, Coun­cil­lor Jeremy McDon­ald, KDVCS founder Donald Fraser, Coun­cil­lor Martyn Earl, town break de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Chris­tine Watt, and town break strat­egy and en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Daniel Laf­ferty.

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