Community Driving Force

8 January 2016

Viking’s volunteers really are the driving force behind Maldon District’s community transport scheme!

The scheme provides non profit transport services for residents of Maldon District who because of age, mental or physical disability, poverty, geographical isolation, social or economical disadvantage, are unable to transport themselves by conventional means.

Transport is provided by mainly volunteer drivers using a Viking minibus or their own vehicle (social car drivers).

Volunteer minibus driver Jean-Pierre who recently began driving for Viking said:

“I commuted to my job with a large shipping company near Felixstowe for 20 years and hadn’t spent enough time in Maldon to build any community links.  A few months after retiring in December 2014 I decided I would like to get a bit more involved with my local community and approached Viking via Maldon District Volunteer Centre.  I already had a D1 entitlement on my driving licence and did the MIDAS Training (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) which is carried out by Viking’s own trainer.  The MIDAS course was over 2 days and then I had some accompanied driving while I got used to the minibus.  There are usually 2 of us on the bus – the driver and a passenger assistant – and I enjoy getting out and about and picking up our passengers every week.  Some of our passengers need a helping hand and the training covers this aspect too.”

Viking relies heavily on its team of dedicated volunteer drivers, both minibus and social car drivers, but also has Office Assistant and Passenger Assistant volunteer roles available.  For more information on any of these roles please click below:

Viking Vehicle Checks 5 Jan 16

Jean-Pierre carrying out pre-trip vehicle checks

Community Transport Minibus or Social Car Driver

Passenger Assistants

Office Assistant

Minibus and Social Car Driving Opportunities are available throughout Essex.  Search our database for opportunities in your area or contact your local Volunteer Centre.