What was the issue that made you start up this project?
The severe weather in 2009. A group of 4x4 enthusiasts saw the need for additional 4x4 resources to be made available to help out in exceptional circumstances, where there was a sudden short term requirement to supplement existing resources. In this case it was severe winter weather.
Although there was a national 4x4 response charity it had no representation in Scotland. A group of six of us came together to form Lothian 4x4 Response. There are now a number of similar groups formed or being formed throughout Scotland.
Who was involved and what did they do?
Initially there were a handful of volunteers who worked to form the team, putting a management committee in place and then working to become a Scottish registered charity. Through this initial development the Lothian 4x4 Response team was able to develop a training plan that ultimately led to the team's 24 volunteers being able to assist in the severe weather at the end of 2010, when they completed 10,500 miles over 20 days.
What worked well about the project?
The willingness that team members showed in putting there own lives on hold to help others in the community. The level of teamwork was exemplary, given the team only formed in January 2010.
What did you learn during this project?
That coordination and communication are essential to any request for assistance and that we must ensure that the agency we are helping provides a two-way information stream.
What made it work?
The willingness of the volunteers to use their vehicles and time to assist others in the community.