Royal Voluntary Service is appealing for volunteer drivers for its community transport service in the Swindon area, providing door to door transport for people over the age of 55 who have difficulty using buses.
Funded by People’s Health Trust the service includes Wroughton and Highworth.
Explaining the role, service manager Vicky O’Connor said: “Our clients are driven by volunteers in their own vehicles and we undertake journeys to medical appointments including hospitals, health centres, to the GP, dentists, opticians and physiotherapy as well as shopping and social events.
"Our volunteers offer more than a lift; they could also accompany clients throughout their visit, before bringing them home again.”
Lorraine and Brenda on an outing to West Swindon Centre.
Commenting on the service, volunteer Lorraine Stamford from Wroughton said: “After leaving full time employment I wanted to work with people who needed extra support in my own community. The RVS scheme is very professionally handled and the flexibility appealed to me.”
Service user Brenda Pope, also from Wroughton, said: “It is a wonderful system and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It gives me independence to do my own shopping, or go to the hospital, and Lorraine provides me with very nice company. I now really look forward to my trips out.”
Prospective volunteers need to complete a disclosure check, have a clean, current driving licence, and appropriate insurance. Online training is available for all volunteers to complete in their own time.
To volunteer as a driver, make a booking or an enquiry, call the Swindon RVS office on 01793 465552.