The Movement

Driving Miss Daisy

by
Katie Walsh
Katie Walsh | Feb 13, 2016 | in The Fares Fair Challenge

Woke up with this idea, maybe there's already a scheme like this? - but when an old person is too old to drive, independence is lost, but somewhere near may be a young person who can't afford a car but needs one - a happy car share? I'm not sure how this would work or happen, see what you think!

These ladies are from The Arches, Govern and look like they are out having fun - from Flickr

edited on Feb 16, 2016 by Katie Walsh

Jennifer Moville Feb 13, 2016

would love to be a fly in one of those cars - could be a real hoot

Gill Chedgey Feb 13, 2016

There used to be the Dial A ride scheme for elderly people and I'm not sure but I think it was local authority funded and that funding has gone so there is a real need here. But it's a lovely idea and could be mutually beneficial if there is a good relationship between the two people. The older person gets to go where they need to and the younger person has the use of a vehicle hopefully whenever they need to.And there's the additional social interaction. which can be so vital for older people.

Jennifer Moville Feb 13, 2016

we used to have a special bus that ran all over the town and you could phone if you were elderly or disabled and it came to pick you up - think it has disappeared now

Gill Chedgey Feb 13, 2016

Yes, that's what I was referring to. In our area it was called Dial A Ride, maybe the name varies depending upon the are and who administered the service.

Janet Bradley Feb 15, 2016

Dial a ride still exists in many areas... it's a great scheme... you just have to book it.

Gill Chedgey Feb 15, 2016

I guess it must be down to local authorities then, it is certainly conspicuous by its absence in our area. Although I did notice the Salvation bus regularly ferrying folk about but that is likely to be to one of their own gatherings.

Janet Bradley Feb 15, 2016

I guess they are council funded.... it depends on what each council has to cut from its budget to keep afloat!

Gill Chedgey Feb 15, 2016

yeah, and the take up. If they were underused than I guess that's why they are shelved.

Janet Bradley Feb 15, 2016

The dial a ride that I know still exists, is very well taken up... so much so you have to book it in advance.

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Nicky Griffiths Feb 13, 2016

I did something like this for an elderly neighbour - I used to drive her to medical appointments etc when she was no longer able to drive herself. In return I was able to borrow the car if needed.

kate thacker Feb 13, 2016

yes perhaps part of it could be pocking up groceries for them on the way back or something.

Nicky Griffiths Feb 13, 2016

Yes, I used to get shopping for her when I did my own.

kate thacker Feb 13, 2016

yes it could work couldn't it. would be very helpful. there are sooooo many toooo many eldely left uncared for and this would cover it for those who through no unkindness to them wouldn't ever help and elderly person as they are getting something out of it

Gill Chedgey Feb 13, 2016

Yeah, you're right. There are many people who won't do anything unless they get something out of it. Where there is mutual benefit I think there's a greater chance of it working. On the other hand there are plenty of altruistic people who will give willingly expecting nothing in return

kate thacker Feb 14, 2016

I don't mean to sound all goodie goodie either but if I had the means,i would do this anyway!!volunteer it.im thining charities should be setting this type of thing up anyway.how good could it be for the elderly.oh I no this isn't what we are hear to discuss but it really got me thinking on it today and haven't been able to stop.how lonely or unable,to suddenly be reached out to like this would be little saviours to their lives

Gill Chedgey Feb 14, 2016

It isn't goodie goodie,kate, it's how we should all be in an ideal world. If there were a little more goodness there wouldn't be the dire situations some people find themselves in today.
Oh by the way, my grass needs mowing, the ironing needs doing and the kitchen floor needs washing (with Flash of course ;-)) When are you free?!?!

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kate thacker Feb 14, 2016

haha amazing you got the FLash in there!!brill
I truly believe it too,that actually all these insentive all these weight loss,asbos, cut sugar,more exercise,work harder,go to uni or you wont do well. if actually we just found out how people are!!whats wrong with people homes,minds,families. how can we make lives as in the 'people' better,becasue when you feel good you do good,you do more,you eat better,work harder.all these things just seem to put more pressure on and make more unhappiness and bitterness,anger and rage even.

Gill Chedgey Feb 14, 2016

Can't argue with any of that.......

Jennifer Moville Feb 13, 2016

thats a great way of doing things

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julie cooper Feb 13, 2016

This would be a really good idea, it would also bring different generations in a community together

Jennifer Moville Feb 13, 2016

yes and get the younger ones helping the older ones - like children doing a bit of window washing, car washing, weeding the path, doing a bit of shopping etc

julie cooper Feb 13, 2016

you dont see or hear much of that these days

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kate thacker Feb 13, 2016

brilliant idea. as I wonder how many unused cars there are of the elderly who cant use them.

Nicky Griffiths Feb 13, 2016

My 85 year old Dad only uses his car occasionally so most of the time it's sitting in his garage.

kate thacker Feb 13, 2016

yes getting rusty or unised it just become a waste in the long run I'm thinking. then someone will eventually have to either sell or tow it away when by then it might not be in workable condition.
though I'm imagining some of the cool old fashioned cars some people might have haha.

Nicky Griffiths Feb 13, 2016

My Dad has a M reg Fiat Tipo which he bought new, the youngsters of today may not find it cool to be seen driving!

kate thacker Feb 13, 2016

hehe I just googled hehe I'm sure they would over nothing you know.
golly we had the oldest version of fiesta there is. I never new how it kept passing its mot. my brother loved it so much he had to keep the bumper when it was told it MUST be scrapped now:)

Gill Chedgey Feb 13, 2016

That's an interesting point because cool is so important to youngsters.

Jennifer Moville Feb 13, 2016

we have a neighbour like this

Jennifer Moville Feb 13, 2016

it bears this a thought - probably quite a few and they would be grateful of being taken out when they needed it

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kate thacker Feb 13, 2016

also on the app front this could be easy-ish to do.via typing in your area and a map could come up with available unused cars there.

Gill Chedgey Feb 13, 2016

The youngster could handle an app but could the elderly? I know many can and do but I think there's a greater chance of that not being possible with older people.

kate thacker Feb 13, 2016

I was thinking this.surely there could be a way of working it.just some sort of pad at home maybe simple buttons:avalable car.need lift.enter location,just simple point in so its not so different that typing a phone which they all do

Gill Chedgey Feb 13, 2016

That would certainly work but it would take an organisation, maybe a charity, to set it all up.

kate thacker Feb 14, 2016

true.and trouble is again I'm trying to think of insentives for them,to make it worth their while,and that's so wrong because it shouldn't be like that should it.i wish people loved eachother more haha

Gill Chedgey Feb 14, 2016

Oh what a world we would have if everyone loved each more.

kate thacker Feb 13, 2016

perhaps also when it gets going one of the young people could give a instruction?or personalise it to work for them

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Fiona Boubert Feb 13, 2016

I love this idea Katie. Maybe some kind of delegated driver scheme could be set up so the elderly driver retains ownership of the car and the young person becomes a recognised delegated driver for legal and insurance purposes.

Katie Walsh Feb 13, 2016

Thanks, v practical thought Ironmaiden - thanks everyone for building this idea.

kate thacker Feb 14, 2016

its good because ok what if this disspapear when this community does. some day someone might think back or have seen it on here and it could spark something. nothing ever starts from ready so having these ideas from all over the country now or in the future could start fabulous things.

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Janet Bradley Feb 15, 2016

I think some of this comes to knowing the community you live in... when I lived in London, I barely knew people who lived 2 doors down from me... people more intent on living their own lives... I did meet people on my commute... and talked to them... but I didn't necessarily know my neighbours.
Last week, when I was in town, I was talking to a man from a nearby village who I have come across in town from time to time (people are just friendly here, we strike up converstations in the bank, the shops, etc, and get to know each other). This man was telling me he comes to town now every Friday to bring someone else in his village to the shops each week - he's coming anyway, but its now becoming more regular, as he wants to look after her shopping too....
If we just know what needs and help people in our local community need it would be so much easier... and a lot of it is down to taking time to talk... properly communicate with each other.

Mary O'Connor Feb 15, 2016

We have the 'Ring and Ride', but I have been told that oftentimes they can pick the person up, but are not able to actually drop them at their destination.