Many volunteers at Heritage House offer their skills to ensure the high quality of care enjoyed by the 150 day visitors who attend Heritage House each week.
Amongst these are the volunteers who staff the transport service which is so vital for the day visitors. These volunteers offer four types of service:-
These drivers use their own cars and transport up to three day visitors on each journey. They can claim for their fuel, which a number return to Heritage House by using Gift Aid. This supports the £40,000.00 each year which has to be raised by donations and fund-raising events to make up the annual shortfall between the charges for day care and what it actually costs.
Wheelchair Accessible Car (WAC) Driver
In the accompanying photograph you can see our WAC. This can transport a day visitor in a wheelchair and three walking day visitors. You can drive this car on a regular driving licence. Initial training is given in the use of the electric winch for pulling the wheelchair into the vehicle, the wheelchair restraints and the wheelchair lap and shoulder belt.
In the accompanying photograph you can see our fleet of ambulances. To drive these ambulances you have to have the following:-
- A D1 category on your driving licence (all those who passed their test before 1997 will have this category on their licence)
- A B1 category on your driving licence (all those who passed their test after 1997 will have this category on their licence)
- A MiDAS certificate. Our insurers require this qualification for all ambulance drivers.
- Adrian Underwood, one of our trustees and a volunteer, is an accredited MiDAS Trainer and Assessor. Our ambulances are reasonably straightforward to drive and Adrian will take any volunteer on a drive to see if driving one of our ambulances is for you.
- After that, the MiDAS test (including training and theory) lasts about two hours and, if you are successful, the certificate is valid for four years.
On each journey, the ambulance driver is accompanied by an assistant. The assistant is vital in working with the driver as a team to support day visitors to and from their home and securing them safely in the ambulance. Training is given in this work, including the management of the wheelchair lift at the back of each ambulance.
The Monthly Rota
When you join our team you are contacted each month with a pro forma so you can sign up for whichever days you can offer your services.
How do you show your interest?
Just contact Heritage House during opening hours (8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day) and register your interest.
We will be delighted to hear from you.