Picking up an older person (guest) and accompanying them to a volunteer host’s home for an afternoon tea where they will enjoy the company of other people so easing social isolation and loneliness. Where possible you will pick up the same guest/s each month.
You’ll travel across Dundee and surrounding area to collect stroke clients wishing to attend exercise club, who would not be able to travel themselves. A stroke may have made their speech, balance or walking difficult, and having a friendly face travel with them will help reduce their self-awareness and give them confidence while chatting along the way. Their stroke rehabilitation and progress would be limited if they could not get out the house and attend the club where they meet other people going through the same experience.
Your role is not simply to maintain their safety while in the bus. It is to welcome them back into the community again, at time that they are self-conscious about how they may look, sound or walk. For you, further opportunity maybe available to also help during the exercise club, giving you a sense of self-worth and “giving back”. A real sense of usefulness and purpose.
To enhance patient experience by supporting them with transport to access Day Care services, attend clinic appointments and social activities, where appropriate.
Core Duties include:
· To collect/return patients from or to their home, Day Care services or ward in safety and comfort.
· To listen to and talk with patients.
· To prompt patients to bring items of a personal nature including mobility aids, medication and keys, and also prompt them to lock doors, as highlighted in the ‘Advice on Transporting Patients Guidelines’.
· To wear an ID badge at all times while on duty.
· Respecting confidentiality, maintaining the persons dignity and comply with the NHS Tayside Confidentiality Policies.
· To comply with NHS Tayside volunteering policies and guidelines.
· To be aware of and comply with NHS Tayside policies relevant to the role eg Health & Safety, Infection Prevention Control, Social Media etc.
· To feed back any concerns regarding the wellbeing of patients to nursing staff in the first instance.
· To attend mandatory training as required.
These are the primary core duties of a Volunteer Driver however certain activities can be changed or amended to suit requirements, under the supervision of the Nursing Staff, AHPs or Voluntary Services Team.
Larkhall and District Volunteer Group (LDVG) are looking for volunteer drivers who can help support clients to and from their non-emergency appointments to the local GP surgery or Hospital. Volunteers would drive our new electric Nissan Leaf car or use their own car to transport the patient from their home, to their appointment before assisting them in returning home again. Passengers may be frail, elderly, children or other vulnerable people. Volunteers will need to have a clean, current driving licence.
We now have 4 minibuses for hire or self-hire, 2 of our new buses can be driven on a standard car licence.
The purpose of the community car scheme is to provide a service for people who are unable to use or have difficulty with access to public transport. Our aim is to help people with journeys to non-emergency NHS medical appointments which they may otherwise be unable to make.
To collect passengers and drive them to/from their destination in our New Nissan Electric Car.
Journeys are during the daytime hours Monday- Friday, evening and weekends trips are possible if a volunteer is available.
To assist passengers getting into or out of the car if they require it.
To ensure any luggage, walking aids, wheelchairs etc... are safely stowed.
To wait for passengers attending appointments or, depending on the length of appointment, to leave them and return later to take them home.
If you have spare time any weekday and a car, we are looking for new Volunteer Drivers who can take local Lanarkshire Cancer Patients to and from their hospital and clinic appointments.
We can repay your fuel expenses at a rate of 40p per mile.
Your role will be to drive patients and any escort only. You will be asked for your availability by our office staff and given plenty of notice as to when and where a patient’s appointment will take place.
Our drivers agree a pick-up time with the patient the night before and will either drop them off or bring them home if their treatment is a short one. For longer treatment times, drivers will be asked to either drop the patients off or be asked if they are available to pick them up later if their time allows.
we are looking for drivers to take patients to and from appointments as well as pick up samples from care homes/community hospitals and take them to 3 acute sites.
We have vehicles which can be used for patients transport – they are setup with COVID measures and the volunteers are not expected to help the patient in or out of the vehicle.
Our escorts will receive training that will make them competent in assisting frailer older people in wheelchairs. This training is an accredited course where students will receive a nationally recognised certificate Passenger Assistant Training Scheme (PATS). Must be willing to undertake a disclosure through the PVG Scheme
Re-Engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) was set up in 1965, and is committed to older people being heard, valued and engaged. Supported by a network of volunteers, the group organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people around 70 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month.
Coordinators ensure everything runs smoothly each month. They are normally the volunteer drivers too.
Coordinators organise the monthly group outings by liaising with the hosts and the drivers so that everyone is clear about the time, date and place.
Support and advice for coordinators is readily available from National Office, Development Officer or Support Officer.
They ask all group coordinators for two references and the group also undertake a PVG check before starting as a volunteer.
The coordinator role is very important. It is the coordinator’s role to be organised and keep everyone informed, planning the monthly host schedule, assisting with PVG checks and liaising with new volunteers and guests.
Re-Engage hold an annual Group Coordinator meeting.
Volunteers help to reduce loneliness and enhance the wellbeing of the tenants of extra-care housing developments in Midlothian. Volunteer Befrienders provide a friendly outing on a one-to-one basis e.g. visit to garden centre, cinema or a lunch out. The Volunteer Befriender will collect the tenant, in their own car and drive together to the outing.