Contract type: Part time
Working pattern: 52 Weeks
How to apply: Please contact Louise on 01424 722309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply or if you have a query about the position.
About the role
What does a driving volunteer do?
Do you enjoy driving and talking to people? Our volunteer drivers help us in a number of ways. They enable volunteers that can’t drive or don’t have access to a car to get from their home to the Carer’s home and back again. They can also help Carers take a break by transporting the person they look after to and from a day activity.
The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for our volunteer’s wellbeing. Our volunteers need to:
- Have good local knowledge and be able to adhere to the Highway Code
- Have their own reliable transport with adequate insurance and an up-to-date MOT
- Be friendly, patient and understanding
- Be able to treat people with respect
- Be confident in a crisis
- Be understanding of what it means to look after someone
- Be able to attend our induction and training sessions
Where does the volunteering role usually take place?
Volunteers can choose which area/s they would be happy to drive to and can help out as little or as much as they are able. Most volunteers do not usually do more than two regular local journeys per week.
What is the induction process for volunteers?
We ask our volunteers to complete an application form, provide two references and meet us for an informal chat. We also carry out a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check for volunteers whose role will bring them into contact with people who are considered vulnerable. Following this, volunteers attend a one day induction, which helps them to:
- Understand more about the Association and the support it provides to Carers
- Understand what it means to be a Carer and the impact caring has on people’s lives
- Feel confident in a variety of situations
- Gain an awareness of health and safety
- Learn how to be safe when lone working
What training are volunteers provided with?
We ask all our volunteers to attend Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and First Aid training. In addition to this they can also attend other relevant training throughout the year, for example;
- Dementia awareness
What support do we offer our volunteers?
- We encourage our volunteers to call us or pop in to one of our offices if they need a chat, advice, or have any concerns
- We reimburse expenses incurred while volunteering, for example, travel expenses are reimbursed at a rate of 45 pence per mile
- We hold regular group supervision meetings throughout the year.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.