Being There Transport Support Volunteers

Being There supports people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses such as strokes, heart and respiratory disease. This is an opportunity for people looking to support people by providing transport to hospital and medical appointments. We are looking for reliable, honest and caring people to support people with long term health conditions enabling them to take more control over their health and well-being. Being There also works with carers and families to reduce the negative impact that a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness may have. Volunteers would need to have an understanding of the boundaries of providing support and understand the importance of confidentiality.
Duration: Ongoing
Start date: 4th December 2015
End date: 1st February 2020
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

If you own your own car then you could help our clients to get to and from their hospital appointments, as well as to our fun social groups, which you can also come along to! This is more than a taxi service though, as our friendly and committed drivers not only drive behind the wheel they also offer a listening ear to support those affected by life limiting illnesses. You will not be expected to lift any wheelchairs in or out of your car due to our Health and Safety Policy.

It is a very flexible programme. Once you have completed our 1 day training programme and DBS checks, you can chose the days and hours that suit you, as long as it is between Monday-Fridays, 9am-4pm.

Requirements: Own vehicle required, Driving license
Skill and Qualifications Required:

We are looking for volunteers from all walks of life who can demonstrate maturity, sympathy and empathy.

* You must own your own car/or have legal access to another. Have up to date car insurance, tax and MOT

* You may be retired or work part time, so you would like to use your spare time to help people in the community.

* You may have previously been a carer or received care support yourself, so you understand some of the challenges that carers have to deal with and so would like to give something back to the community.

* You may be a student studying a course in the caring profession such as Medicine, Social Work, Health and Social Care or Counselling so you are looking to enhance your employability by getting some real life work experience.

Areas of Interest: Crisis Support, Health and wellbeing, Hospitals, Older people, Social Welfare
Opportunity suitable for: Long term commitment, Older people, People seeking work, University students, Other
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Care work, Driving, Escorting
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Talking to others
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Lift to other floors / step free access throughout the building, Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Being There Tameside and Glossop
Organisation Profile: Being There provides support to people with cancer and other life limiting illness, their carers and friends. Support includes respite sitting, hospital transport, social activities and practical help such as shopping.