Volunteers needed to help transport patients

Our charity is set up to provide free hospital transport services for cancer patients and we are looking for volunteers.

If you think you can spare a few hours to make a difference to someone’s life, please get in touch.

The charity is looking to recruit:

* volunteer drivers using their own cars to transport patients.
* co-ordinators to help manage bookings and undertake related administration duties; and
* fundraisers to help cover running costs.

We do not want anyone to be out of pocket by driving for us, but we don’t pretend you can run a car solely on what we give you, we pay our drivers 45p per mile for fuel used and this has no effect on any benefits the driver may be in receipt of.

Cancer patients book transport through Bo’ness Medical Practices.

Getting to and from hospital for cancer treatment appointments can be difficult. Public transport can be infrequent and expensive, add to that the stress of traffic and hospital parking. We’re aiming to remove these worries by doing the driving for you – making the trip to hospital as pleasant and stress-free as possible.

Our charity is always looking for willing helpers.

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Becoming a driver for Bo’ness Car 4U is easy. You can give as much time as you wish, using your own car to transport service users. For instance, some drivers will only work mornings, some only afternoons – and some might only do local journeys. It’s really up to you.

While being a driver for us is voluntary, you will be paid a mileage allowance of 45p per mile. You will also be given a full set of guidelines for how the service works. We’ll show you the ropes before you drive for us.

Car insurance premiums should be unaffected by volunteering with Bo’ness Car 4U. However, volunteers should notify their insurer to let them know they are using their car for voluntary work.

As well as owner / drivers, we’re also looking for other volunteers to help with bookings, administration and fundraising. Volunteers will be able to choose the days they work and how often. Mileage expenses will be paid and these won’t affect any benefits volunteers receive.

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If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us in any capacity, or just want to know more, just get in touch.  Call us on 07716 378950 or email bonesscar4u@gmail.com

Volunteer Drivers and Patients will both undertake a Lateral Flow Self-Test immediately prior to every drive. This is a sensible step to provide a further level of protection for everyone. Patients will travel in the rear seats which are separated from the driver compartment by a see-through plastic cough screen, wearing face masks. The safety of patients and our volunteers is paramount.

Patients will be asked if they are showing Covid 19 symptoms before any drive. If they are, they will not be allowed to travel with Bo’ness Car 4U. Both patient and volunteer must be happy with arrangements made and each is free to refuse the drive if they feel unhappy about any aspect of it.

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on society and although restrictions have been relaxed, it is important to remember that the virus has not gone away. Safeguards are needed as we learn to live with Covid 19.

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Bo’ness Car 4 U is a small Scottish charity supported by volunteer drivers - providing FREE patient transport for cancer patients in the local area.

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