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As a Volunteer Driver you will offer your time to transport passengers from a diverse client group using your own vehicle. Our client group includes passengers who will be referred through community groups and local organisations or statutory services.

 

Journeys are mostly local and offer a lifeline for passengers to access services and activities that could improve both their physical and mental health and well-being including medical appointments and social groups. Journeys may be requested to ‘out of area’ hospitals such as James Cook and Hartlepool Hospitals. This role is flexible, and you can volunteer as often or as little as you are able to.

Volunteering Matters is the provider for the Volunteer Driving Service in Stockton-on-Tees which aims to bridge the gap for people unable to use public or patient transport.  This may include people who have a disability or mobility issue, need to travel on routes not covered by public transport, financial restrictions or are uneasy about leaving their home. Stockton Volunteer Drivers Service will provide a lifeline to many local people, enabling them to access services and activities that could improve both their physical and mental health and well-being.

  • Offering lifts in your own vehicle to passengers registered to the service
  • Using an accessible, online booking system to select journeys suitable for you
  • Updating journey logs where required
  • Attending and receiving appropriate training to your role, for example safeguarding, confidentiality and disability awareness
  • Maintain good communication with project staff
  • Sign a Volunteer Agreement confirming commitment to Volunteering Matters policies and understanding Volunteering Matters commitment to you and your requirements as a volunteer
  • Complete a DBS check relevant to your role

No prior volunteer driver experience required, however you will require:

  • Use of a vehicle you have permission to drive
  • A current valid driving licence
  • Insurance and MOT certificate

It is hoped that you will have

  • Ability to use an online booking system, either through a computer or smartphone

We hope volunteers will be trustworthy, reliable and positive in their role, with good communication skills and desire to help others in the community.  It is hoped that you will be able to commit to 2-3 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months.


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