If you are working from home and find yourself with some spare time in the day, you could volunteer to drive elderly or vulnerable people in the community to hospital appointments, collect shopping, or to social events.
Each year Surrey’s voluntary car schemes help thousands of elderly and vulnerable people across the county to access hospital appointments, collect prescriptions and to enjoy social events.
Each one is run by local volunteers for the benefit of their communities, by providing lifts for those who may not have easy access to transport.
As the population ages, and as cuts impact on local transport services and result in the centralisation of health services, demand for the service provided by voluntary car schemes is increasing year on year but the number of volunteer drivers is falling in Surrey.
That’s why Surrey Community Action, which provides help to develop new schemes and on-going advice and support to existing schemes, and Surrey County Council have teamed up to boost the number of volunteer drivers across the county.
Becoming a volunteer driver is easy and volunteers can give as much or as little time as they choose, as well as decide the days and times during which they are available.
In return, volunteers are rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping elderly neighbours to live independently for longer. Feedback such as “This is the first time I have been out for six months” and “What would we do without you? We are so grateful for all you do” makes a little bit of effort very worthwhile. Take a look at our case studies to see how volunteers are making a difference across Surrey by helping an older person out.
Listen to our Good Neighbour Scheme Co-Ordinator, Vicki Turton talk more about the scheme here: https://soundcloud.com/jandytimes/16jul15-andy-talks-to-vicki-turton-abt-drive-into-action
For more information about how to become a volunteer driver, contact Vicki Turton at Surrey Community Action on 01483 447121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org