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About Royal Voluntary Service

To help people maintain independence and dignity in their homes and communities particularly in later life.

About Opportunity

Getting to and from medical appointments, to the shops or even out to visit friends or to the hairdresser are all essential parts of life that we tend to take for granted.  However, as we get older it can get harder to do these things, especially if we can no longer drive.  We live in a rural area, where distances to hospital or other appointments can make taxi’s too expensive and public transport difficult, if not impossible.

If you can spare a few hours a week, you could join our friendly team of volunteer drivers.  Our volunteers provide much more than a taxi service.  Royal Voluntary Service drivers assist clients into their appointment, wait with them if required, and then deliver them safely home.  Friendly support and maybe a cup of tea after an upsetting medical appointment can make what would be stressful and tiring, so much easier.  If you think you can help, please get in touch.

Skills and Experience

Full, current driving license, and own car needed.  Must be approachable, friendly, presentable and polite.  Good knowledge of East Lothian and ability to assist with folding wheelchairs etc. useful, but not essential. 

Travel Details

Driving is an essential requirement for the role.

Restrictions
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Age Not Supplied
Wheelchair Access Yes
Disabled Toilets Yes
Selection Procedures

Application FormInductionInformal ChatPVG CheckReferences

Availability
Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Available During School Holidays Yes
Available During Termtime Yes
Frequency & Commitment

Timing can be flexible to suit availability.  Volunteer can either dedicate specific days to be available or to be “on call” for urgent appointments, or you can opt to be generally available for ad hoc requests.  You can chose how many hours you can spare a week to volunteer.

Training Details

Online training, volunteer handbook, induction session with service manager and shadowing with existing volunteer.

Other Information
Saltire Compatible Yes
Reference Code43071
Work Type Driving/Escorting
Client Group Elderly
Childcare No
Expenses Paid Yes
Expenses Details

45p per mile plus other approved out of pocket expenses.  Claimed weekly or monthly.

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