Somerset Council is working with the NHS on a campaign to recruit more volunteer drivers in the county who can get people without easy access to transport to crucial appointments.

Since Covid-19 the numbers of volunteer drivers in Somerset has reduced by about 67 per cent. These dedicated drivers play a pivotal role in the community, providing essential transportation services to residents so the Council are calling out for new volunteers.

Many residents who need the service live in rural areas with little or no access to public transport and are unable to drive. This can feel isolating and volunteer drivers are able to give a friendly helping hand to help residents access vital medical and social care services. This can be routine NHS appointments and school runs, or lifesaving cancer treatment.

If you are working part-time, a parent, retired or just have some spare time on your hands and you have a car and at least half a day to a day to offer then you can get involved and make a positive impact on people’s lives.

As a volunteer driver, you’ll receive training and be reimbursed expenses at 45p per mile (or 50p per mile with passengers).Somerset

Council’s Lead Member for Transport and Digital, Councillor Richard Wilkins said:

Volunteering as a driver is not just about getting people from A to B – it’s about making a positive difference to people’s lives. If you have a car and some spare time, please consider getting involved.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, are retired or work part-time, your car can become a powerful tool for community service. You could find yourself enjoying the beautiful Somerset scenery while providing vital assistance to those in need.

At the same time, you can offer a listening ear and a bit of companionship—it’s an incredibly rewarding and heartwarming experience.
Our dedicated team of volunteers are a wonderful group, helping to play a part in making this a resilient, healthy and caring Somerset.

Lucy, a volunteer driver said:

Being a volunteer driver is really fulfilling as it allows me to meet new people, hear their stories whist making a difference to someone’s day.

Criteria for becoming a volunteer driver:
• Own 5 door car
• DBS (at no cost to volunteer)
• Current full driving licence with no more than 6 points
• Basic IT skills such as email and online meetings
• Undertake induction and training
• Reliable and punctual
• Helpful and caring manner with a friendly disposition
• Good social skills
Register you interest and apply today here 

Photo of volunteer driver Lucy Teteris.

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April 23, 2024

Anna Morrell


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