“Can you spare us some time?” More drivers needed at The Chilterns Dial-a-Ride, the local charity that enables people with mobility problems to get out and about
CDAR’s door to door transport service for those in the community with mobility problems today covers 3 out of 4 of Buckinghamshire’s Districts – Chiltern, Wycombe and South Bucks.
Says Chairman David Ouvry ” 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 around 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 and from Chesham, tells us “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 and from Loudwater, works a 4 day week as a paid driver. “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’ those vulnerable people in our community who can’t get around easily. Based in 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 has this clarion call “Potential drivers out there, whether as volunteers or paid, find a little time and step forward to join our cheerful and caring team.”
Ring us 01494 766123
Visit our website www.chiltern-dial-a-ride.net