Larkhall and District Volunteer Group (SL)

Charity registered in Scotland SC028557

Larkhall and District Volunteer Group is a voluntary organisation and our aim is to promote the health and wellbeing of the community in Larkhall and surrounding areas. To meet these aims our dedicated team of staff and volunteers work hard to provide services, activities and volunteering opportunities for all members of the community.

Our services include, providing transport, call line, handyperson and we operate 7 lunch clubs in the area. We also offer a variety of activity groups for Gardening, Crafts, I.T., Genealogy, Walking, Exercise, Tea Dances, Football and Veterans groups.

Current opportunities

The purpose of the community car scheme is to provide a service for people who are unable to use or have difficulty with access to public transport. Our aim is to help people with journeys to non-emergency NHS medical appointments which they may otherwise be unable to make. To collect passengers and drive them to/from their destination in our New Nissan Electric Car. Journeys are during the daytime hours Monday- Friday, evening and weekends trips are possible if a volunteer is available. To assist passengers getting into or out of the car if they require it. To ensure any luggage, walking aids, wheelchairs etc... are safely stowed. To wait for passengers attending appointments or, depending on the length of appointment, to leave them and return later to take them home.

This volunteer opportunity is for assistants to help at our various lunch clubs in Larkhall. These clubs provide an opportunity for members to come together for a chat, some lunch and an activity decided by the group eg bingo, cards, dominoes etc. You will help set up the room, serve a hot two course lunch (prepared by caterers) to the members, make tea and coffee, clear tables and work with other volunteers to maintain a clean working environment. Support sessions are in place for volunteers and we ask that volunteers commit a few hours on a regular basis.

Larkhall and District Volunteer Group (LDVG) are looking for volunteer drivers who can help support clients to and from their non-emergency appointments to the local GP surgery or Hospital. Volunteers would drive our new electric Nissan Leaf car or use their own car to transport the patient from their home, to their appointment before assisting them in returning home again. Passengers may be frail, elderly, children or other vulnerable people. Volunteers will need to have a clean, current driving licence. We now have 4 minibuses for hire or self-hire, 2 of our new buses can be driven on a standard car licence.

Drivers are asked to transport members to and from various activities held at LDVG and on outings and group activities to various events and destinations. The driver will drive the group’s wheelchair accessible minibus and work with an appointed escort (if required). We also transport for care homes, school activities, for individual members of the public and for external hires from other community groups in the area. Passengers may be frail; elderly; children or other vulnerable people. Volunteers need to be between 25-70 years old with a clean; current driving licence. We now have 4 minibuses for hire or self-hire, 2 of our new buses can be driven on a standard car licence.