How to become a Volunteer driver

Volunteer driving is a great way to support your local community at times to suit you. The service is always looking to recruit more volunteer drivers who use their own vehicles to transport passengers to meet a range of needs. If you could only spare one morning a month it would make a difference to someone’s life. For more information about the role email

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.’

Helen B-M, Arts for Impact
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’
John Murr, Voluntary Car Driver
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!
David Grimshaw, Voluntary Car Driver

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 2 references, one of which is a current, recent employer or your GP.

We will

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