I will always have a soft spot for Health Connections as becoming a volunteer driver was my first activity after retiring. The role gave me a new focus and helped me to still feel valued and connected to the community’
I just wanted to say a big thank you to the people involved with the Voluntary Car Service. One of your wonderful volunteers brought a participant to our art workshop at Styx this Wednesday. Without transport, connection to this creative group activity would not have been possible. Great work! Hugely appreciated.’
Twelve years ago I replied to a request for Voluntary Car Drivers.
I was to find that it is not just about taking ill, elderly and vulnerable people to their appointments at the hospital and doctors surgeries – often I may be the only person they have spoken to for days.
I get a good feeling doing this and it is a truly interesting and rewarding way to help others.
I know that I can drive as much (or as little) as I want which makes it easy to fit in with my other activities.
Hopefully, I will be driving for some time yet!
You will need
A full driving license held for at least two years
Access to a car which has full insurance
To be medically fit to drive in accordance with local requirements
Provide you with a full induction
Arrange a DBS Check for you
Pay your fuel expenses
Reassure you that your insurance premium will not increase if you volunteer
Give you on-going support