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As a Volunteer Minibus Driver for Blantyre Volunteer Group, you will help a wide range of community groups – including those involving children, youth, older people, and people with disabilities to access social and recreational activities.
The skills and references required, and the training provided is to ensure the care and safety of the people you will be driving. Volunteers will be put through their MIDAS if required.
Volunteers must be reliable, friendly and caring, and have a good sense of humour.
Volunteers will have the satisfaction of enabling a diverse range of community groups and also Tweeddale residents with a disability to access social and recreational activities, attend meetings and appointments etc. Volunteers can benefit themselves from the outings and may choose to get further involved with groups for whom they drive. Drivers also benefit from MIDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) training which is recognised throughout the UK as the standard course for volunteer drivers involved in community transport.
Volunteer drivers are directly involved with transporting cancer patients to and from various hospitals locally and in Greater Glasgow for treatment, using their own vehicles.
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• To contact patients the day/early evening before they travel; this alleviates any stress they may have about getting to hospital for treatment.
• Familiarise yourself with the Volunteer Driver Induction pack.
• Adhere to the policies and procedures of ACS.
• Undertake training relevant to the role.
• Contact ACS as soon as possible if you are unable to attend as agreed.
• The ability to be supportive, non-judgemental and accepting of others.
• Warmth, sensitivity and a willingness to listen.
• Patience and understanding.
• Enjoy interacting with people.
• Willingness to get involved.
• An understanding of the importance of a regular commitment.
We need local volunteer drivers for our vehicles, to help the elderly and disabled get out and about. It might be a shopping trip, visit to family and friends, outings, transport to clubs/meetings, hospital visits and any other long or short journeys as required.
We give all our drivers MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) training which is recognised throughout the UK as the standard course for volunteer drivers involved in community transport. Training includes loading and strapping in of wheelchairs.
Travel expenses are paid at 40p per mile.
Do you love to drive? Do you want to help older people stay healthy and independent at home? YES! Then this is a great volunteering opportunity for you.
Our trusted, reliable and friendly volunteers provide a vital weekly food shopping service which helps older people stay healthy and independent at home.
Volunteer Drivers normally dedicate one day a week to Food Train with a minimum time commitment of between four and five hours starting around 9.30am and finishing around 14:30pm.
On Mondays our Volunteer Drivers collect shopping lists from our customers. This involves going to customers’ homes accompanied by a Volunteer Helper, checking shopping lists are correct and clearly written and in some cases writing lists for customers.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Volunteer Drivers deliver shopping around the Galashiels, Hawick and Selkirk areas accompanied by a Volunteer Helper. Shopping is collected from Tesco or Asda in Galashiels already boxed and is delivered in a dedicated Food Train van to each customers’ home where it is unpacked, checked and put away if required.
We provide a van for deliveries and all equipment to support this activity.
This social and active post will help keep you fit and active whilst providing an invaluable service to the local community.
we are looking for drivers to take patients to and from appointments as well as pick up samples from care homes/community hospitals and take them to 3 acute sites.
We have vehicles which can be used for patients transport – they are setup with COVID measures and the volunteers are not expected to help the patient in or out of the vehicle.
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.
Gala Wheels provides affordable and accessible transport for the disadvantaged and/or rurally excluded sensory impaired and elderly residents of Central Borders. Volunteer drivers are available for any client subject to availability and make a big difference to some of our users who are lone pensioners with no family or friends to help them remain socially included.
We have three vehicles - an accessible 11 seater minibus and two smaller 5-6 seater vehicles specially adapted for wheelchair use. We take groups and individuals from throughout Central Borders for outings, for shopping, lunch clubs, the theatre, swimming, rugby, riding for the disabled, visiting friends and family, hospital appointments, GP appointments or whatever they need.
Volunteers can opt to drive the smaller 5/6 seater vehicles only, or all three vehicles including 11 seater minibus. You can drive as often as suits your circumstances.
We're looking for an adult volunteer who will provide a supportive friendship for a socially isolated young person aged between 8 and 18 who lives in South Ayrshire. Ideally this will involve meeting with their young person every couple of weeks for a few hours, spending time together accessing local activities.
• Be matched on a 1:1 basis with a young person.
• Go on regular outings and activities with the young person.
• Have the opportunity to participate in group outings/activities and also volunteer support sessions.
• Keeping in touch with the Project about the young person’s achievements / growth and activities, and to receive ongoing support from the Bfriend team.
• Open minded as we work with young people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
• Following training, to be able to have empathy and understanding of some of the issues encountered by young people referred to the team.
• Continuous focus on the needs of the young person who you are matched with.
• Willing to participate in a broad range of activities mutually agreed with the young person.
• To be a positive adult role model for the young person and, very importantly, to have FUN!
• Have an awareness of and be able to adhere to Bfriend’s policies and procedures.
Our tea party drivers are a vital part of the Re-engage team.
Tea parties provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated. Drivers take older people to the parties and stay with them to enjoy the get-together. Over time, drivers and older guests get to know each other well and together you will spend many hours full of fun, laughter, and stories.
As a tea party driver, you liaise with your group coordinator and take older guests to and from the tea parties each month. Staying at the tea party is part of your role, so it’s much more than being a driver.
Driving one to two older guests using your own car to a tea party venue and returning them home again after the event .
Staying at the tea party to help with conversation and serve refreshments.
Liaising with the group coordinator to confirm which older guests you will pick up.
Informing the group coordinator of any safeguarding concerns or issues you might have.
Following all guidance in your driver training modules to ensure that the tea parties are enjoyable, appropriate, and in line with our charitable aims.