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.
- Alison on 01908 615131
- David on 01908 612816
- Marigold on 01908 610575
- Jenny on 01908 616718
- Laura or Tracy on 01908 670309
A note on the recent past
In the summer 2017 we held our annual general meeting and garden party. Our thanks to all involved in the event, which also raised nearly £100 for EHS funds. Particularly thanks to Ralph and Jennifer Mazzone for the offer of their lovely garden. However the day was wet, so we adjourned indoors to St LUke's church hall for cream teas and the AGM. THank you to all who attended, and to our volunteers for making it happen.
Thanks also to all of our volunteer drivers who willingly give up their time to take local residents to medical appointments throughout the year, and to the committee, including church representatives and co-ordinators, who oversee the scheme.
In September 2017 Nita Tolley, our former chairperson, stepped down from the committee. In Nita's place, John Gordon, committee member, EHS driver and former co-ordinator, has taken up the role of EHS chairperson. John can be contacted on 01908 612060 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about EHS or are interested in volunteering as a driver or committee member.
In 2016 we had our first lunch where drivers and committee met 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.
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 ofIn 2014 the coordinators dealt with approximately 100 calls per quarter.
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.