31 - Drivers
When We Need You
From 09/04/2012 onwards
Contact the Elderly drivers collect the same local older person/s each month and take them to a different local host’s home where they all enjoy an afternoon tea party. There are usually three to five drivers in a group and there are sometimes also one or two reserve drivers to cover for holidays and emergencies. All you need is a full driver’s licence and valid insurance. As a driver we ask you to supply two references and we also take out a Disclosure Check before you start as a volunteer. We ask our drivers to commit to three to four hours one Sunday afternoon a month and to contact their elderly passenger/s a few days before the monthly gathering to make sure they know when they are going to pick them up. We are not able to pay our drivers petrol expenses. However, we try to allocate drivers to elderly passengers who live close to them and generally the tea parties take place locally.
About Contact the Elderly, Scotland (VC)
A small national charity which aims to alleviate the loneliness often felt by older people who live alone with little or no support of family or friends. One Sunday afternoon a month our volunteers pick up a group of the older members and together they go to the home of a host where they enjoy afternoon tea together, chatting and enjoying each other's company
Skills & Experience
Driving Licence, good communication skills, ability to assist an elderly guest from their home and in and out the car if necessary. Must enjoy tea and cake and a chat on a Sunday afternoon.
At a different volunteer host’s home each month within your local area.
Application Form, Induction/Training, Informal Chat, Police Check, References, Trial Period
Training and Induction Details
Introduction to Group Coordinator and group. CtE induction and training given, ongoing group training and individual support and training.
Driving / escorting
Frequency & Commitment
4 hrs per month on a Sunday
Volunteers must be at least 17 years of age.
Opportunity Provided By
14 The Acres
Contact: Morna O'May
Tel: 01786 871264