Shencare supports many other voluntary organisations within the South-West Birmingham area and plays an integral role within the local community.
Shencare’s commitment to community transport in Birmingham provides a lifeline for its users and without it some people would be unable to get out at all. We offer a personal and professional service where drivers get to know many passengers by their first names.
We provide this service with volunteers who themselves are benefiting from the skills they gain through working and training with us – a genuine ‘win, win’ situation.
It is our aim to deliver a service that meets the needs of all our users and make a difference to the local community.
It is an objective of Shencare’s Board of Trustees to proactively promote an initiative for an integrated accessible transport network in the area and to co-ordinate the response to requests for transport from users of the local Voluntary and Community Centres. We are keen to build relationships with other providers in order to deliver this initiative for joined up working.
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The aim of Shencare’s Voluntary Community Transport in Birmingham is:
- To promote Social Inclusion.
- To offer the people of Birmingham a choice of how and when they can access community and health facilities in their area.
- To encourage people to access their local community services. This will be done by providing transport for elderly and mobility impaired people to destinations at which they may, for example, receive a day service and a lunch. At the Day Centre they will then be able to access other services and information in order to live independently.
- To ensure that carers have the opportunity for respite periods that will enable them to lead their own life and possibly get a job. This again will ensure that the vulnerable person can continue to live in the community and add to their quality of life and so will add value to our service.
Our drivers and vehicles
We have the capacity to supply minibuses that are accessible and equipped to carry people who need to remain in their wheelchair for the journey.
Drivers and Carers are all subject to enhanced DBS checks and, where appropriate, are trained in:
- Defensive driving techniques
- MiDAS Accessible Minibus certificate standard
- Lifting and handling
- How to secure a wheelchair and its occupant correctly in a vehicle
- Diversity and sensitivity to people’s needs