In the light of expert information and advice available from the Government and a range of agencies in the care and voluntary sector All Together In Charlbury (ATIC) had to take the decision at the beginning of lockdown not to provide transport to appointments of any kind for the time being. As caring people who set up ATIC in order to help others, this decision went against our nature but it was clear that nationally voluntary transport schemes were not considered to be safe to continue to run either for their volunteer drivers or for any potential passengers. Also during this period, no-one in Charlbury was likely to want to make any journey unless absolutely necessary and non-emergency medical appointments ceased.
As in this area lockdown is now easing in various respects in line with Government guidance and as we are aware that hospitals and other medical services seem to be starting to resume some of their non-emergency appointments, ATIC’s Management Group have taken the decision to resume ATIC’s transport service as far as possible in a way that is safe for both drivers and passengers.
The recommended precautions that voluntary transport schemes are advised to take when planning and carrying out a journey are not inconsiderable. However, we have worked hard to set up appropriate systems and procedures which we will need drivers and passengers to follow. This is in recognition of the fact that national guidance from informed sources is still cautious about car-sharing unless suitable common-sense safety precautions are taken.
At the moment we are needing to operate on a more limited basis, as not all our drivers feel able to start volunteering for ATIC yet and we will want to restrict the number of journeys each operational driver makes each week/month.
We will therefore have to ask anyone who is thinking of asking ATIC for help with a journey to first explore all other suitable sources of transport available, including asking a hospital department or their GP surgery whether NHS transport can be provided, if the journey is being made to an appointment arranged by them. ATIC will endeavour to help with information about what is available – do contact us.
So, if you need help with a journey, ring our usual number 01993 776277 and Volunteer Link-Up (our invaluable call centre) will see if we can meet your request. We can only do our best under the circumstances.
As you can imagine, we would very much welcome some new ATIC volunteers willing to help with our transport service (or our other services (see below)). If you would like to find out more, please contact ATIC on our organisational mobile number - 07487 413892 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you find that you need help with:
• transport to hospital or other medical/health/care appointments
• transport for other purposes like getting to the shops , taking part in a local activity or club or visiting someone in hospital or care home
• getting shopping or prescriptions
• household tasks (like changing a light bulb or smoke detector battery) or occasional gardening jobs
• letter writing or simple form-filling
• reading, if you have difficulty reading for yourself
Or if you would you like support from someone popping in for a chat;
All Together In Charlbury (ATIC) is here to help. Just ring us on 01993 776277.
If you've got something that needs doing which is not on this list, you can let us know and we will see what we can do.
Don't be shy to ask - we've all been in a position where we would welcome some practical help or moral support but there is no family member or friend available to provide it.
What is All Together In Charlbury?
All Together In Charlbury (ATIC) is a local voluntary group which aims to provide informal help and support to people in the community who need it by linking them up with someone who has offered some of their time to meet requests.
ATIC aims to help Charlbury residents of all ages and circumstances who, for whatever reason, are unable to carry out a task themselves and who have no family or friends available to help.
ATIC's services are free apart from a mileage charge where transport is involved.
How ATIC is run
All ATIC's organisers and volunteers are Charlbury residents. However, to save more of our time for meeting local needs, we have asked Volunteer Link-Up in Witney to do the work of linking up requests for help with one of our local volunteers. Volunteer Link-Up is an experienced and well-respected charity, which runs its own District-wide Good Neighbour Scheme: www.vlu.org.uk
That is why there is a Witney phone number to call, if you have a task that you would like someone from ATIC to help with. Volunteer Link-Up's friendly staff will answer your call for us and then link you up with a local ATIC volunteer.
All our volunteers:
• Have been police-checked
• Carry ID
• Are covered by public liability insurance arranged for ATIC
To ask for ATIC help call 01993 776277
Volunteer Link-Up's friendly staff will answer on our behalf.
Why not think about joining our team?
You don't have to commit to particular times and can help when it suits you and your life.
How to contact the ATIC Steering Committee
If you want to contact ATIC to find out more about us, to talk to us about local wellbeing and care issues or to offer to help us as a volunteer, ring 07487 413892 or email: email@example.com.
Steering Group members are: Jane Crane, Hugh Goyder, Meryl Smith, Sue Tokumine.
Our thanks are due to the following for their financial support
Charlbury and Overseas Community Projects Ltd (Charlbury Beer Festival)
Charlbury Town Council
Long Hedge and Ticknell Charity