The Emergency Help Scheme
The Scheme gives support to local people needing emergency assistance, mainly transport to clinical appointments, using a small team of volunteer drivers, all of whom are DBS checked. The majority of trips are to Milton Keynes Hospital, but we can support other journeys within a radius of 50 miles from Newport Pagnell.
We are only able to offer transport for those who live within the Newport Pagnell boundaries. If you do, contact numbers are listed further down this page.
If you live within Milton Keynes, you might like to contact the CA:MK Community Car Service by calling Laura or Tracy on 01908 670309
Recently we have had two new drivers join us, which will lighten the load on the existing team.
Occasionally we have requests from people who live in the surrounding area. Unfortunately we can’t help these folk. We feel sure that there will be some people living in Stoke Goldington, Willen, North Crawley or other villages who are able to help their neighbours in this way.
In 2014 the coordinators have been dealing with approximately 100 calls per quarter. Trips vary in length from the local medical centre and hospital to Stoke Mandeville and Oxford hospitals. We are not able to offer drivers for destinations further than 50 miles away.
Search for a new chairperson, see section below.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CALL THIS SERVICE
For Newport Pagnell, please call one of the following coordinators:
- Alison on 01908 615131
- David on 01908 612816
- 01908 610575
- 01908 616718
For Milton Keynes, please call:
- Laura or Tracy on 01908 670309
If you would like to volunteer as a driver
For Newport Pagnell, please call:
For Milton Keynes, please call the Milton Keynes Community Car Scheme:
- on 01908 670309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Newport Pagnell scheme would welcome more drivers so if you have any time to give during the day, we would be very pleased to hear from you. A small mileage allowance is asked of our users, which is given to the driver. Quite often users give donations to the scheme as well. It is a great way to help your neighbour.
We have recently had our first lunch where drivers and committee can meet together over a hot meal. Our co-ordinators do a sterling job in matching clients with drivers, but often they haven't met the person on the end of the line. By the time you read this, we will have enjoyed our meal and voices will have been matched to at least some of the faces, and perhaps some friendships forged too.
Search for a new chairperson
The scheme is looking for a new chairperson as Nita steps down at the AGM in the summer. Please consider this prayerfully both privately and within your church. If you are interested in learning more, Nita can fill you in on duties involved and is prepared to continue to serve on the committee if this will help ease a new officer into the role.
You can contact her on 01908 615729 or by email email@example.com; alternatively, please speak to Pat Parker (secretary) or Linda Morris for further information.
A note on the recent past
Thanks to all involved in the 2016 garden party which helped raise a fantastic profit of £111.78. Particular thanks to Ralph and Jennifer Mazzone for the use of their lovely garden. Thanks also to the wonderful drivers who give up their time to take local residents to medical appointments throughout the year. [Linda Morris, committee member]
In 2014 we held our annual garden party, AGM and fundraising event, on Saturday 12th July with thanks to Ralph and Jennifer Mazzone for the use of their garden.
The last quarter of 2013 was unusually quiet, but the frequency of requests again increased in the early part of 2014. During the last twelve months from this time we have dealt with 284 calls, each request requiring approximately four or five outgoing calls to find a driver. To cope with this, we have increase the number of coordinators to take calls and assign drivers. Trips vary in lenght from the local medical centre to Oxford and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals.