Driver/Befriender - Thurrock

If you enjoy tea and cake and would like to help make a difference in your local community, then look no further!

Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for isolated older people who live alone and find it difficult to get out and about by themselves. Each older person is collected from their home each month by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host's home or local venue where they meet with a small group for tea, chat and companionship.

We have over 600 groups across the country, including 6 already meeting in the Thurrock area! We are hoping to extend our service across Thurrock and would like to open a number of new groups in the next few years as well as continuing to support and develop our existing ones. We are looking for keen, sociable volunteers to help with both new and existing groups.

Our volunteer drivers collect one or two local older people from their homes and accompany them to an afternoon tea, held either in the home of a volunteer host or a local community venue. The drivers will then take the guests safely home again. Our tea parties take place in a different place each month, however our volunteer drivers regularly collect the same older guest/s which means that over time real friendships develop. We are also looking for reserve drivers to collect and accompany guests occasionally when regular drivers are unavailable.

Our monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties are a vital lifeline for our older guests, and our volunteers often say that they genuinely get as much enjoyment from the gatherings as the older people do.

Not sure if it's for you or would like to find out more? You'd be most welcome to come along to one of our Thurrock tea parties to meet the guests and volunteers, find out what happens and see what you think - no obligation!

"Contact the Elderly is a wonderful organisation. I'm delighted to be involved. I joined

because I wanted to be of use to others, but to be honest I often wonder who's getting the benefit! I love listening to Jean, the lady I drive, telling me about her past and bringing it all to life so vividly. I really look forward to our meetings."

Katerina, Contact the Elderly Driver


We are looking for someone with a full driving licence, who has access to a car. Volunteer drivers should have a friendly nature and be sympathetic to the needs of older people.


  • Suitable for under 18s
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
    We look to source appropriate local training for our volunteers.
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
    Cannot be guaranteed as groups mostly meet in volunteers' homes.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and Safety Policy

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 28/11/2017

End Date: 28/11/2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Approx 3-4 hours once a month on a Sunday afternoon


This opportunity is available in: Thurrock

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