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Capacity Building Fund

Dundee Voluntary Action has supported and monitored the following organisations and projects through the Capacity Building Fund.

Community Cars

Community Cars – Dundee Community Transport

Community Cars provide older people with door–to-door transport.  They do this by recruiting volunteer drivers who give their time and use of their own cars. All our drivers are vetted.

  • Police checks/PVG
  • 2 references
  • Health declaration/check
  • Car safety checks

Customers use the service for many purposes, including visiting friends, social events, shopping and medical appointments. Community Cars plays a vital part in helping older people remain independent and have a good quality of life. There is a charge  to cover the volunteers’ running costs.

Since the project started in February 2013, demand has grown steadily.

  • over 2000 successful journeys
  • 15 drivers
  • 80 customers

“The service has been very helpful – exactly what I wanted”
“You couldn’t improve on the service – it is absolutely first class”

Community Cars is open to those over 65. They have taken a community approach and started with a successful pilot Douglas, Craigie, Mid-Craigie, Cragiebarns, Craigiebank and Linlathen. The charity Dundee Community Transport has existed since 2005, Scottish Charity Number SC036755, and has been refunded for the second time to continue developing the service in Broughty Ferry / West Ferry / Barnhill areas.

They are always on the lookout for more volunteer drivers as the more drivers they have, the more people they can assist.

If you or someone you know would like to find out more about Community Cars, either as a customer or a volunteer please contact 01382 305721.

www.dundeecommunitycars.org/

 

Home from Hospital – Royal Voluntary Service

Homes from hospital schemes are run successfully across the UK as a way of supporting older people in the transition from hospital to home, supporting a reduction in delayed discharge and reducing emergency admissions.

Dundee Third Sector Interface invited applications for the above scheme which is as a test of change in Dundee. Currently no similar service operates in the city. This Project is distinct from existing ‘home from hospital’ schemes in other areas as the service has used a co productive approach throughout the Commissioning process.

The project is distinct from existing ‘home from hospital’ schemes in other areas as it has used a co-production approach in developing and creating the service.

Royal Voluntary Service were awarded the contract to deliver this scheme and the project began in September 2014.

Home from Hospital is a friendly and confidential service which involves trained volunteers providing one-to-one short-term practical support.  This enables patients to return home with confidence when no other support is available from friends or family. Volunteers help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, looking after pets or just being there when people begin to do things for themselves.

For more information contact Jan Bell, Home from Hospital Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 07436 536816 or email Jan at jan.bell@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.