Minibus Chaperone and Back Up Driver

Voluntary Action Epping Forest Befriending Project offers club activities and days out to elderly residents in the area. This is a vital service for its users who rely on being picked up and dropped off to attend their activities.

The main role is to chaperone by assisting users on / off the bus and to load / unload wheelchairs and mobility aids, from their home to the club or trip . Our clients are very frail, most will have mobility issues, or problems with their balance.

We are a warm and welcoming presence for our users so our volunteers need to really enjoy the company of older people, have empathy and are able to be patient. A sense of humour will go a long way and good physical fitness is a must for this role. We will need you to have a category D1 driving licence and be able to drive a minibus to act as a back up driver when other drivers are on leave. You will never be left alone and will always have at least one driver and one chaperone on duty at a time.

This is a great role where you can see quickly the difference you make, you will be volunteering as part of a team and will also give support within club activities. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm.

Clubs run on a Tue, Wed and Friday with trips once a month or so. Thursdays are regular trip days. You can choose which day/s you would like to offer Tuesday to Friday.


Good listener and patience due to elderly clients needs and abilities.

Commitment, empathy and be able to work well as a member of a team.

Flexible enough to be able to drive minibus if driver is on leave.

Category D1 Driving Licence.

Physically fit.


  • Suitable for under 18s
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and Safety Policy

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 05/12/2017

End Date: 05/12/2018

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This opportunity is available in: Epping

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