Bryan Gibbins, 88, of Meaford, gave up driving several years ago. Since then, he and his wife have had to find other ways to get to and from medical appointments.
For the past five years, they have been using MOVIN’GB for appointments in Owen Sound, Thornbury, and as far away as Toronto. They also use the service for errands like groceries.
MOVIN’GB provides transportation to nonemergency medical and social appointments. It is one of many services provided by Home and Community Support Services of Grey-Bruce.
Transportation is provided by approximately 250 trained volunteers using private vehicles. For those with mobility issues, MOVIN’GB employees use a variety of specialized wheelchair accessible vehicles. There is a nominal client fee for the service based on the distance traveled and available funding sources. In 2015, MOVIN’GB provided 47,000 trips and travelled more than 1.2 million kilometres, and demand continues to grow.
“We wouldn’t be able to get around without it,” says Gibbins. “The drivers are very friendly and helpful. Every one that I’ve had has been excellent.”
The service is currently available to residents of Grey and Bruce Counties 18 years of age and older who have identified a barrier to accessing other methods
of transportation like taxis, city transit, or rides with friends or family.
The service is available Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Arrangements are made for medical or dialysis appointment that can only be accommodated on Sundays and may also be made to accommodate medical trips past 7 p.m. if the resources are available.
MOVIN’GB shuttles people back and forth between a variety of appointments including imaging, lab tests, dental, optometrist, and dialysis treatment. The service also offer trips to larger urban hospitals to see specialists or for treatment not available locally in cities such as Toronto, Barrie, Orillia, London, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton and as far away as Ottawa.
Social trips are limited to the boundaries of Grey and Bruce Counties.