Volunteering and Funding
Volunteer Driving Opportunities
If you are retired, in between paid employment or simply have time on your hands this rewarding and worthwhile role could be for you. If you are patient, have a willingness to help and would like to put something back into your Community, we are always in need of volunteers to drive for us, either in your own car or one of our 6 fully accessible minibuses. Volunteering can enhance your CV if you are seeking employment. There is no commitment and you can drive as much or as little as you like.
Volunteer drivers help people:
- Get to and from any local health related appointment
- Local shopping
- Visiting friends and family
- Day centres
- Anywhere you want to go
requires full Driving license with D1 entitlement.
We have 6 fully accessible minibuses which each carry 12 passengers. We will train you to MiDAS standard (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme). We undertake mandatory Disclosure and Barring Service Checks.
You can choose to undertake the enhanced wheelchair transportation element of the MiDAS training or omit this section and undertake the standard training.
Non-profit making groups and Schools hire our minibuses with volunteer drivers for trips that include:
- Day trips to places such as garden centres, places of interest and seaside towns
- Lunch clubs and day centres
- Support groups
- Rehabilitation groups
- Educational trips and after School activities
- Scouting and guiding expeditions
- Social activities
Insurance is provided under Braintree District Council cover and any out of pocket expenses are reimbursed ie. entrance fees and refreshments.
Car Volunteering - Using your own vehicle
The Social Car Scheme is an organised form of lift giving by volunteers driving their own cars under their insurance. The service is for people who are elderly, disabled, isolated or unable to use public transport.
Mileage reimbursement is payable at 45p per mile without any tax liabilities and as long as you inform your insurance company, extra cover is not required. Benefits are not affected and volunteer driving does not affect your availability for paid employment.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver call Tracey Corcoran on 01376 557896 for an informal chat.