Gala Wheels provides affordable and accessible transport for the disadvantaged and/or rurally excluded sensory impaired and elderly residents of Central Borders. Volunteer drivers are available for any client subject to availability and make a big difference to some of our users who are lone pensioners with no family or friends to help them remain socially included.
We have three vehicles - an accessible 11 seater minibus and two smaller 5-6 seater vehicles specially adapted for wheelchair use. We take groups and individuals from throughout Central Borders for outings, for shopping, lunch clubs, the theatre, swimming, rugby, riding for the disabled, visiting friends and family, hospital appointments, GP appointments or whatever they need.
Volunteers can opt to drive the smaller 5/6 seater vehicles only, or all three vehicles including 11 seater minibus. You can drive as often as suits your circumstances.
Gala Wheels is a not for profit initiative to provide affordable and accessible transport for disabled, sensory impaired and elderly residents within Central Borders. We aim to reduce isolation, improve social contact and quality of life for our clients who want to remain active citizens within their local communities but are unable to access public transport due to location and/or mobility problems.
Minimum age is 25 and maximum age 70 for insurance purposes.
Experience required: Clean driving licence
Travel details: Central Borders - Demand led. Most are within the Borders but trips to N.England, Edinburgh, Falkirk are not unusual
Minimum age: 25
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Yes. Private car mileage paid to collect Gala Wheels vehicles at Tesco Car Park. Paid monthly in arrears @ 45p per mile.
Training details: As a volunteer you would receive full training and are supported by dedicated staff here at The Bridge.