f you would like to change the lives of lonely, older people and have access to a car why not join Contact the Elderly as a volunteer driver. This involves picking up 1-2 older people from their home one Sunday afternoon a month and taking them to a host family for an afternoon get-together.
Contact the Elderly groups have 3-5 regular drivers. As a driver you will usually collect the same 1-2 older people each month. Occasionally reserve drivers help if a regular driver is unable to drive one month. Over time you get to know your older people and fellow volunteers well.
Although our members are frail they are able to walk to your car only assisted by a steadying arm. You are not required to do any lifting. We welcome drivers of two and four door cars; full driving licence and seat belts are required. Unfortunately we do not pay petrol expenses.
Groups usually arrive at the host’s home around 3.00pm and leave about 5.00pm. A different local host is visited each month.
As you can imagine these monthly outings are the highlight of the month for many of our older guests and for some it is the only time they leave their house for a social occasion. Our motto is “Never let an older person down” and your commitment as a driver is greatly appreciated by the older people. In return you will enjoy Sunday afternoons full of fun and laughter, sharing stories over cake and cups of tea.
No other skills are required.
- DBS check required
- Ongoing support
- Suitable for under 18s
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer policy
When can I volunteer?
This opportunity is available in: Brentwood
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