Hunt on for trans­port co-or­di­na­tor

Te Puke Times - - News / Sport -

Te Puke Red Cross is on the look­out for a co-or­di­na­tor for its com­mu­nity trans­port ser­vice.

Judith Roadley has been in the role for about five years and would like to see some­one — or a cou­ple of peo­ple — take on the role.

“I’d like to see some new blood come in,” she says.

The role in­volves re­spond­ing to calls from peo­ple want­ing to use the ser­vice and then co-or­di­nat­ing the 20 or so vol­un­teer driv­ers.

Vol­un­teer driv­ers use their own ve­hi­cle to take peo­ple who, for med­i­cal, mo­bil­ity or fi­nan­cial rea­sons, find it dif­fi­cult to get to ap­point­ments.

Driv­ers pick peo­ple up from their homes, take them to their doc­tor, hospi­tal out-pa­tient, med­i­cal spe­cial­ist or med­i­cal cen­tre ap­point­ment, wait with them and then take them back to their home. The ser­vice cov­ers Te Puke and the out­ly­ing ar­eas and in­cludes ap­point­ments at Whakata¯ ne Hospi­tal.

Judith takes the phone calls from peo­ple want­ing to book the ser­vice and then finds a driver to make the trip.

“You might have to ring a few driv­ers and there are also stats to do at the end of the month,” she says. “It’s a re­ward­ing job — and it’s pos­si­ble to share it with some­one else.”

Driv­ers are first-aid trained and po­lice checked and can pro­vide as­sis­tance to and from the ve­hi­cle.

Any­one who things they may be able to take on the role can call Judith on 573 6806.

Red Cross Te Puke was formed in 1962.

■ Red Cross will hold its an­nual one day raf­fle on De­cem­ber 13 with tick­ets sold out­side Te Puke Post­shop.

Te Puke Red Cross vol­un­teers re­cently gath­ered for a thank you af­ter­noon tea.

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