Northampton Volunteer Car Scheme is an award winning service for elderly and disabled people living in the Borough of Northampton and Grange Park who have no other way of getting to medical appointments.
The service is provided by Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire and transport is provided by volunteers using their own cars to take people to medically related appointments with GPs, hospitals, dentists, opticians, etc.
Registering with the Car Scheme
There is an annual registration fee to be part of the scheme - £25.00 for 12 months. In addition to this, passengers pay the driver 45p per mile to cover his/her expenses with a minimum charge of £2.50. Passengers can take someone with them at no extra cost. Please note that if an appointment takes longer than one hour, the driver may go home and come back for the return journey, and this may increase the cost.
The scheme is very busy, with up to 65 journeys being provided every week day. As we rely on volunteers we are not able to guarantee to meet every request, although it is rare that we cannot help. Bookings for the scheme should be made as well in advance as possible, and must be made at least 2 working days in advance.
Assistance with Costs:
If you are attending hospital for NHS treatment and in receipt of certain benefits you may be able to claim your travel costs back. Please contact the Car Scheme Organiser on 01604 628234.
We are very grateful to our team of volunteers who provide this important service and are always interested to hear from anyone who has a few hours to spare and would like to be a volunteer. If you are interested please get in touch on 01604 637522 to make an appointment.
To Find Out More:
For more information about the Car Scheme, please call us on 01604 628234. Lines are open between 9am – 3pm weekdays. An answerphone operates at other times while drivers are being booked. Please do leave a message with your name and telephone number and someone will return your call.
The Car Scheme is supported by grant aid from Northamptonshire County Council and NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group.
“I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to the drivers who have taken my mother to various places. Without this scheme many people like her would not be able to get about with the ease, convenience and peace of mind that they have.”
Find out more about the community schemes we run from Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire, including our award winning Volunteer Car Scheme and Age Span which supports volunteers to make gardens more manageable.