Standby exists to provide transport for people who do not have access to or cannot use public services to take them to hospital and surgery appointments - including chiropodist, dentists, opticians, etc. - and return them to their homes.

Standby covers Stanford Dingley, Bradfield, Southend, Theale, Englefield and parts of Tilehurst and is based at Theale Medical Centre, Englefield Road, Theale, Reading RG7 5AS.

The group is operational on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.00 - 12.00 and an answer-phone will be available at all other times.

Standby will attempt to provide a volunteer driver who will use their own car. Volunteer drivers are covered by a special insurance when driving for Standby. They also have permits which allow them to park as close as possible to the clinic the patient is attending. They receive a mileage allowance to cover petrol costs calculated from leaving their own home until they return there.

More drivers are always needed so please, if you have time to spare, consider volunteering.