Volunteer: Driver, Side by Side Service, Various Areas

Closing date is: 
19 Oct 2017
The volunteer driver role is essential to support people with dementia and their carers. Your involvement will ensure that those people who cannot make their own way to our services are supported with safe and reliable travel arrangements

 

 Where, when and how often?

You will need to commit to an agreed number of hours each week or fortnight. Usually this will be a few hours at the same time and possibly on the same days.  Ideally you will be able to provide continuity over a minimum of six months.

 

What will I be doing?

- Providing a safe, comfortable and reliable travelling experience to those who have been assessed as needing transport

- You will either use your own vehicle or transport specifically provided, depending on service arrangements

- Assisting service users on and off the transport

- Interacting with service users, ensuring travel information is communicated effectively

- Liaising with the designated escort where applicable

- Advising service users with securing seat belts and assisting with this as necessary

- Following service and safety standards, appropriate boundaries and recognising the range of policies and procedures that impact on the activity being carried out


Is this role for me?

You will need a full UK driving licence (or acceptable equivalent) and must be able to provide proof of vehicle insurance and safety checks (where using own vehicle). The role may be suitable if you:

- Enjoy driving and enjoy being with people

- Have the ability to volunteer within service boundaries

- Have good listening and verbal communication skills

- Are punctual and reliable

- Are able to stay calm in an emergency situation

- Know about, or are willing to learn about, undertaking risk assessments

- Have a basic knowledge of, or willing to learn about, dementia and its impact on people

- Recognise the importance of confidentiality, and can show this in practice

- Are comfortable following policies, procedures and guidance

- Are prepared to undergo an induction into the role and attend necessary training and similar learning activities to help you in your role

- Are keen to provide a high standard of service

- Have literacy skills

- Are committed to inclusion, treating people from all backgrounds with dignity

 

How will I be supported during my volunteering?

You will be supported by a locally specified person. You will also receive one-to-one and/or group based support. Agreed out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed, such as travel in line with the Society's policy.

 

 I'm keen to volunteer - what should I do now?

Please contact Rosario Mc Hugh, Volunteering Officer at [email protected] or ring 028 71384570

Contact Information
Rosario Mc Hugh
Newry/Mourne
028 71 384570