The Emergency Help Scheme
Update in the light of Covid-19/Coronavirus
Currently the Emergency Help Scheme is suspended to protect EHS drivers and passengers. Many are in vulnerable categories, and it is not possible to practice 'social distancing' in a car.
Where the need is greatest,
contact can be made with medical and social services.
The Scheme gives support to local people (usually elderly residents) needing emergency assistance with transport, primarily to clinical appointments.
We have a small team of dedicated volunteer drivers, all of whom are DBS checked. Our passengers are expected to make a small pre-agreed contribution directly to the driver to cover fuel costs. Our drivers are required to have adequate motor insurance to perform this service. (in our experience, insurers generally make no charge for this.)
We are only able to offer transport for those who live in Newport Pagnell. Occasionally we have requests from people who live in the surrounding area. Unfortunately we are unable to help those who are not resident in Newport Pagnell, but will put them in touch with other volunteer groups if we can. 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
The Emergency Help Scheme (EHS) mostly covers local journeys to clinical appointments such as to the Newport Pagnell Health Centre and Milton Keynes Hospital, but we can arrange visits to hospitals within a 50-mile radius, whcih includes Oxford, Northampton and Stoke Mandeville. In the last year, the EHS co-ordinators dealt with about 400 requests for transport
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CALL THIS SERVICE
For Newport Pagnell, please call one of the following Emergency Help Scheme coordinators:
- Alison on 01908 615131
- David on 01908 612816
- Jenny on 01908 616718
- Rita on 01908 610200
For Milton Keynes, please call the Community Action Milton Keynes Community Car Service:
- Laura or Tracy on 01908 670309
If you would like to volunteer as a driver
For Newport Pagnell, please call John Gordon on 01908 612060,
or email email@example.com
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. This is a rewarding and fun way to help and meet your neighbours. All of our drivers are DBS checked, and we will arrange and pay for the administration involved.
A note on the recent past
The Newport Pagnell Churches Together Emergency Help Scheme (EHS) was set up over 40 years ago as a 'good neighbours' initiative intended to help and support elderly members of the local community. The EHS still exists to help mainly senior residents of Newport Pagnell to attend local clinical appointments.
The scheme is managed and operated by a committee and drivers network of over 30 volunteers, but we could always use more help.
If you would like to know more, please get in touch with
- your church EHS representative
- or one of the co-ordinators (listed above on this page).