Blood Bikes Manchester

Emergency Volunteer Service

Registered Charity in England and Wales #1145329

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Duty Riding
Our Riders are usually the 'face' of the charity, making deliveries on behalf of our clients. The Charity own fully livered, fleet motorcycles and cars which we arrange to be handed over to the rider before the start of their shift, the bikes / cars are kept at the riders homes throughout that shift so when a call comes in they are ready to go.

The anatomy of a call
A call comes in from the hospital requesting a delivery, the Duty Controller (DC) takes the details
Decides which rider / driver to dispatch (this could depend on distance; nearest first, or the amount of jobs a rider has already done that shift)
The DC rings the rider - it's a quick call, Hi I have a job for you please get ready
Send the details of the job to the vehicles Sat Nav system using our navigation dispatch software
The controller will issue a minimum of 3 jobs per call our - collection, delivery and return home
Each job is tracked by the controller until the rider returns home, Job Done!!!!

Rider Requirements
Our insurers require the following stipulations to be met.
All riders must have been riding for over 3 years including 12 months motorway riding - People holding a CAT A2 (riding for 3 years) will be restricted to the Piaggio, those with a full CAT A (again riding for 3 years) will be unrestricted.
Hold an Advanced Riding Certificate (IAM / RoSPA / Emergency Service) or;
Undertake a test with our approved Riding School Partner - please contact us for more details.
We will require copies of your driving licence and advanced riding certificate before training can commence. Please email us a copy or post a copy to Blood Bikes Manchester, 2 Keswick Avenue, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 4PQ
If you are still undertaking your advanced riding assessment we would urge you to get involved with Duty Controlling and/or fundraising, it’s a great way to meet the team and will give you an early understanding of how everything works.

Driver Requirements
Our insurers require the following stipulations to be met.
All drivers must over 25 years of age, also must have a clean licence with no pending issues.

We will provide all volunteers with a hi-viz vest for fundraising activity.
We ask all new volunteers to donate £25 towards 50% of the cost of a hi-viz custom made Blood Bike Jacket - please submit your donation via Just Giving  (remember you can add gift aid if you are a UK tax payer) or send a cheque made payable to Blood Bikes Manchester (please drop us an email when you have done this so we can mark it off our records). *please note that the jackets remain the property of BBM and would need to be returned if your volunteering ceases
Volunteers are only permitted to wear the jackets when on official charity business, under no circumstances must volunteers wear their blood bike hi viz whilst riding their personal bike. If you are involved in an accident, the emergency services may presume you have been carrying a consignment and proceed to look for it.

We ask our riders to provide and wear the following when riding on behalf of the charity.
Full Face (flip front optional) helmet (plain with no stickers or markings where possible) that satisfies UK legal requirements.
Black Riding leather/Textile pants - Black or Dark coloured Riding Jacket
Suitable riding boots

We ask that riders  / drivers cover a 2/3 consecutive evening shift in any one period or a weekend, as this limits our bike transfer mileage, we cover 365 days including 24 hours over weekends and bank holidays, our on-call hours are as follows:

Monday 19:00pm to 24:00pm - Evening Shift
Tuesday 00:00am to 06:00am - Early Morning Shift

Tuesday 19:00pm to 24:00pm - Evening Shift
Wednesday 00:00am to 06:00am - Early Morning Shift

Wednesday 19:00pm to 24:00pm - Evening Shift
Thursday 00:00am to 06:00am - Early Morning Shift

Friday 19:00pm to 24:00pm - Evening Shift
Saturday 00:00am to 09:00am - Early Morning Shift

Saturday 09:00am to 24:00pm Day Shift
Sunday 00:00am to 09:00am - Early Morning Shift

Sunday 09:00am to 24:00pm - Day Shift
Monday 00:00am to 06:00am - Early Morning Shift

We do ask that riders try to cover full shifts although we understand you may have to get up for work early. But if you can cover a full shift eg: Monday 7pm till 6am thats great. The reason we have consecutive shifts is to reduce 'dead' mileage from transferring the bikes between riders.

Facebook Pages
We have an official Facebook page plus a private members page which you will be added to once we have received all your documents.

Next Steps
Please hit the application button when you've digested all of this. If you are still happy I will then arrange to get you up and running this will include:
Taking receipt of your certificates
Taking receipt of jacket donation
Complete a hospital confidentiality agreement
Arrange your Sat Nav, this is usually carried out when we have a live job running, most likely Mon-Thur 7pm-9pm ideally we do this out our charity address in Hyde.
Arrange shadow rides
Set up your access to our volunteers sites
Introduce you to the team
Provide you with links to all the relevant sites you will need to complete the role.

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