We are on the lookout for drivers who would like to drive a minibus or be a passenger assistant. For minibus driving, all you need is a car driving licence as the lightweight minibuses we have can be driven by volunteers. You’ll be part of a volunteer team helping a section of the community that aren’t able to take public transport. We take people to day centres, appointments, and the odd outing to the seaside. You’ll be driving our modern, air conditioned buses, and training can be given if you feel you’re not confident. We have MiDAS training available – which is an accepted certificate of competence throughout the UK. There are regular shifts available (8am-10am and 2:45pm-4:45pm) and if that doesn’t suit, we also have ad hoc trips such as helping foodbanks or perhaps taking a wheelchair user to their vaccination appointment. This is a good introduction to volunteering as we are a well-established social care organisation in Lewisham and you’ll meet other like-minded, caring people.
Passenger Assisting is a lovely way to engage with members of the community who go to the various day centres throughout Lewisham. The role of the PA is to make the passengers comfortable, offer to help them on and off the bus, and perhaps have a chat along the way.
VSL also supports foodbanks throughout Lewisham, and have been transporting food and goods from supermarkets and distribution depots since the first lockdown. Volunteers that don’t mind lifting cans and bags of potatoes and rice are always needed for 2-hour shifts from 10:30am.
VSL are in to our second week of taking vulnerable people to their vaccination appointments in Lewisham. If you have a car, a recent DBS, and a minimum of 2 hours per week, please get in touch. If you don’t have a recent DBS, we can get one for you at no charge. The volunteer attributes essential to this role are attentiveness, care for others, patience, safe driving, and cleanliness and willingness to use PPE.
“With the Covid-19 vaccination rollout in full swing, people are stepping forward to volunteer to take people for their jabs. But this service can be more than just a car journey, a connection is being made with some of the most vulnerable in our communities.” BBC, 1st Feb 2021.
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