What will I be doing?
After a stroke many people will not be able to drive and may find it challenging to access local activities, services and events. As a result many people lose their independence and can become socially isolated. As a driver you will provide a safe, comfortable transport service to stroke survivors, and sometimes their carers and families, so that they can continue to feel part of their local community. Tasks can include:
- Using your own vehicle to transport stroke survivors, and sometimes their carers, families, baggage and /or equipment eg: walking aids to groups, appointments, events and activities in the local area.
- Assisting stroke survivors in and out of your vehicle where necessary.
- Engaging in conversation with the people you are providing transport for.
What skills and experience do I need?
- You have access to your own car or other suitable vehicle.
- You are a safe and competent driver.
- You have a good general knowledge of your local area.
- You can keep appointments and arrive on time.
- You hold a full driving licence, comprehensive vehicle insurance and a valid MOT certificate if your car is over three years old.
- You have a friendly and sociable manner.
What skills and experience will I gain?
- An understanding and awareness of stroke and its effects and the challenges people face after stroke.
- An opportunity to enhance your CV or learn new skills.
- An opportunity to engage with your local community.
When do you need me?
- Days and times vary depending on the location of the volunteering opportunity and might include:
• first Tuesday of the month;
• second Monday;
• second Wednesday;
• last Monday (unless there is a bank holiday then it is moved to the week before) of each month.
Is this a one off opportunity?
How many people are needed?
Any age restrictions?
- Over 18 years of age.