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Short of putting an ad in the paper - any suggestions?

He wants to go to Ireland to see his family but doesn't want to do the driving/traveling on his own.

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Stick an advert up on gumtree, there are quite a few travel companion adverts on there. Or even swing it as a ride share type thing.

It doesn't always work out though. I nearly got a Russian travel companion in Irkutsk as I was going into Mongolia and she wanted an escort. Other Russian bikers were going but told her they were going to Novosirbisk. Turned out she had serious baggage.... she did have a cracking rack though.

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Oh sorry, that was entirely the wrong website. I can't remember the name of it unfortunately, but it's a website that links people up who are either making a journey or need something picked up/delivered. It's non-commercial and just puts people together for mutual benefit. I've tried googling it but no luck. Maybe someone else will know who they are.

I know you can get guardianship for unaccompanied minors on air flights, perhaps they do the same for vulnerable adults if air travel is an alternative.

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I've had a look at one but it seems to be all in the US really.

He wants to go to Ireland ... and ideally door to door with someone doing the complicated stuff like driving.

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I've had a look at one but it seems to be all in the US really.

He wants to go to Ireland ... and ideally door to door with someone doing the complicated stuff like driving.

From what part of England is he going and to what part of Ireland? Unless you actually need a car in Ireland it usually makes more sense to fly.

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Short of putting an ad in the paper - any suggestions?

He wants to go to Ireland to see his family but doesn't want to do the driving/traveling on his own.

This is the sort of ad you might see in The Lady.

If it's still going.

At least you wouldn't be so likely to get dodgy types reading that.

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This is the sort of ad you might see in The Lady.

If it's still going.

At least you wouldn't be so likely to get dodgy types reading that.

I did think about that. Much less likely to get your basic dishonest scrote there and much more likely a clever scrote...

Can look at an ad in the local paper but suspect thats a risk. What checks would you do? References?

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From what part of England is he going and to what part of Ireland? Unless you actually need a car in Ireland it usually makes more sense to fly.

Oldham and out to the middle of nothing.

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Short of putting an ad in the paper - any suggestions?

He wants to go to Ireland to see his family but doesn't want to do the driving/traveling on his own.

Any UK station to Dublin, thirty squids including the ferry. Then an irish train, and taxi if necessary.

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Short of putting an ad in the paper - any suggestions?

He wants to go to Ireland to see his family but doesn't want to do the driving/traveling on his own.

Why doesn't a member of his family help him?

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Got to be someone you know really.

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I did think about that. Much less likely to get your basic dishonest scrote there and much more likely a clever scrote...

Can look at an ad in the local paper but suspect thats a risk. What checks would you do? References?

Refs can be dodgy. Personally I'd also want to meet the person, pref. in their own home, and trust to instinct.

Local paper might be best for that. Ad for fit, competent, reliable person... If travelling with an elderly person might also add 'kind, patient, unflappable...' Don't know about yours, but a lot of elderly do worry about every tiny little thing - need someone capable and reassuring.

Should imagine there'd be quite a few of the e.g. younger recently retired who might fit the bill, still fit enough to lug suitcases about etc. .

Does your relative want help for the whole trip or just for journeys there and back?

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Refs can be dodgy. Personally I'd also want to meet the person, pref. in their own home, and trust to instinct.

Local paper might be best for that. Ad for fit, competent, reliable person... If travelling with an elderly person might also add 'kind, patient, unflappable...' Don't know about yours, but a lot of elderly do worry about every tiny little thing - need someone capable and reassuring.

Should imagine there'd be quite a few of the e.g. younger recently retired who might fit the bill, still fit enough to lug suitcases about etc. .

Does your relative want help for the whole trip or just for journeys there and back?

Hmm. All good advice in theory, but to the OP; how much are you planning on paying this person?

It had better be quite a lot, because if you're going to insist on references, a home visit, someone who'll be a porter/carer/emotional support etc for the duration then that's a lot to ask! Will you be expecting a certain level of qualification for this helpful person, will you be doing criminal checks? :blink:

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Hmm. All good advice in theory, but to the OP; how much are you planning on paying this person?

It had better be quite a lot, because if you're going to insist on references, a home visit, someone who'll be a porter/carer/emotional support etc for the duration then that's a lot to ask! Will you be expecting a certain level of qualification for this helpful person, will you be doing criminal checks? :blink:

I have no idea how much he would pay. He does want to go back to the old country before he dies.

I'd go but I have a job, a kid, three cats, an allotment, cat sitting for another neighbour and a bf who migt mind me going to Ireland for a week. Or two.

I suspect it's just for the traveling - he's got relatives there who should put him up. But he'd need to put the helper up somewhere...

No idea about referencing etc but meeting someone in their own home sounds more sensible as character ref. Maybe.

He's not my relative - just a neighbour. His family here had offered but changed their minds even though he was going over but not quite there.

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Newly qualified teacher?

Generally at a loose end in school holidays.

Likely to be decent, after all they've cleared the CRB checks and can cope with kids.

Pretty skint after qualification.

I'm thinking of one of my kids ex-primary teachers would would have bitten your arm off for two weeks in Ireland - travel paid for, and 12 free days in the middle with a bit of spending money (or the rellies would probably put the companion up and feed them until they collapsed....knowing the Irish).

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Hmm. All good advice in theory, but to the OP; how much are you planning on paying this person?

It had better be quite a lot, because if you're going to insist on references, a home visit, someone who'll be a porter/carer/emotional support etc for the duration then that's a lot to ask! Will you be expecting a certain level of qualification for this helpful person, will you be doing criminal checks? :blink:

I know it's not the same, but I'm comparing with people my bro. employs for his dog/general pet/house-sitting service. He has some v wealthy clients with houses full of valuable stuff, so people have to be utterly reliable, competent in case of emergencies, fit for dog walking etc. Virtually all of them are the 'younger' retired and they don't get paid a fortune by any means. He always interviews them in their own homes and reckons it's the best way to assess, in addition to refs.

Personally I don't think a much younger person would be best. Old people can be very irritating to the young, especially if for any length of time and particularly if they're wittering on a lot and fussing about little things, as so many elderly do. Someone fit, in say their 60s, would probably be more likely to have the necessary patience. Also less likely to be endlessly 'elsewhere' through being compulsively focused on their i-phone.

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Newly qualified teacher?

Generally at a loose end in school holidays.

Likely to be decent, after all they've cleared the CRB checks and can cope with kids.

Pretty skint after qualification.

I'm thinking of one of my kids ex-primary teachers would would have bitten your arm off for two weeks in Ireland - travel paid for, and 12 free days in the middle with a bit of spending money (or the rellies would probably put the companion up and feed them until they collapsed....knowing the Irish).

Yeah I reckon the family over there would be the sort to feed you up.

Ta! All food for thought!

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why not ring up a taxi firm (licenced) and explain the situation to them. they might know of a taxi driver who can take him around for the week. he can pick him up from the airport as well.

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Is there anyone at the Irish end that might fancy a trip over here and take him back, same again for the return? Would be cheaper than paying for a companion for the week.

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Is there anyone at the Irish end that might fancy a trip over here and take him back, same again for the return? Would be cheaper than paying for a companion for the week.

I shall suggest that to him and the taxi idea...

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If it is to the Republic then I would ask around the local Catholic churches and any Catholic friends I know.

I don't know about Oldham but Swansea has a large Irish population with lots of Doctors, Teachers, etc, being half-Welsh, half-Irish or all Irish. Many of them regularly travel back to Eire so, in your area, I would ask around.

I would not place an ad in the paper personally much referring to use word of mouth in my Irish/Catholic community and get someone who is not just recommended as reliable and trustworthy, but someone who quite a few people know.

What I mean is, if you were in Swansea I could point you towards loads of people who would be suitable. Surely the Irish/Catholic community in Oldham would be just as good?

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