This week’s feature from Tweeddale Volunteers focuses on Tweed Wheels and hears from Jim Murdoch, of Tweed Wheels.

“In 2007, I moved to Peebles from Banchory, where I had been involved in a range of voluntary activities, and very soon started as a volunteer driver for Tweed Wheels.

"Tweed Wheels provides transport to local organisations in its 15-seater accessible minibus, and to individuals who are unable to travel on public transport in our smaller accessible vehicle. All our drivers are trained and assessed through a national scheme that covers the skills needed to support vulnerable passengers, and to transport them safely. This includes handling wheelchairs and the use of special equipment to secure them safely in our vehicles.

"About six years ago, I undertook further training and assessment to become a trainer and assessor in the national scheme, and have since trained more than 60 drivers – both new drivers, and those requiring refresher training. The organisation itself gained the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service during that time. I also carry out risk assessments for all our new passengers so that every driver knows their requirements.

"I am proud to be a member of this organisation, providing a very valuable service to many people in the area who would not otherwise be able to be involved in activities that the rest of us take for granted.

"It provides opportunities for friendship and is very rewarding. I would strongly recommend that anyone who enjoys working with people, and can drive safely, should get in touch with Tweed Wheels at The Bridge, Volunteer Resource Centre, School Brae, Peebles to find out more about what is involved. Full training is provided and support is always available.”