Talking to various institutions in their network, Johanniter Nederland learned that outing trips are an essential part of the quality of life for the residents of those institutions. Unfortunately, wheelchair transport is not available.
With a wheelchair bus, these outing trips could be possible. However, even though institutions are very interested in acquiring these buses, the regular cost and the maintenance of standard wheelchair buses are unaffordable for them. That’s why Johanniter Nederland took up the idea of operational leasing and searched for financing.
Free of charge, a wheelchair bus is provided for use to an institution, if they meet the conditions of committing to making intensive use of the bus with a minimum number of rides per week. Institutions are allowed to use the wheelchair bus only for outing trips which otherwise could not be realised.
Last December, 3 institutions received their wheelchair bus in festive events. Saint Nicholas as representative of Johanniter Nederland delivered the bus to residents, staff, volunteers and other interested parties. The buses were received enthusiastically and someinstitutions even had already planned outing trips on the next day. Additionally, more than enough volunteers applied to conduct the buses!
The spacious and modern design gives more freedom to anyone for whom it is difficult to leave the house and the Johanniter logo on the buses is a real eye-catcher. That means that the wheelchair buses also provide visibility and therefore brand awareness for Johanniter Nederland, similar to the operational vehicles of other JOIN members.