make a difference to a young persons life
Current roles available
ABOUT THE ROLE
A volunteer driver is someone who, after a period of training and assessment will provide transport for socially isolated young people aged between 8 & 18 who live in South Ayrshire to enable them to attend group activities and local based community activities. This will allow the young people to take part in social activities they otherwise would not get the opportunity to do.
WHAT DO THE DRIVER VOLUNTEERS DO
To collect young person(s) from their home and escort safely to the car.
To supervise young person(s) entry into the vehicle and ensure seatbelts and any boosters are used throughout the journey.
To transport young person(s) safely to pre arranged venue on a timely basis and accompany them to a responsible adult ie – Project Staff / Activity Leader.
To collect young people from activity and transport home safely.
To provide regular updates or report any concerns to Project Staff.
To provide a regular commitment of time and provide notice of any absence as soon as possible to Project Staff.
To attend and successfully complete initial Volunteer drivers training session.
To successfully join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) or undergo an update.
To hold a full driving license for at least 2 years, preferably without endorsements.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR
Have access to a car.
Experience of working with young people.
Ability to commit to their role for a minimum of 6 months.
Be an effective communicator.
Be friendly & amenable.
Ability to form positive relationships.
Ability to be respectful of others & be non judgemental.
Be comfortable working independently.
Ability to seek advice and support from Project Staff when necessary.
Notify the Project of any health issues arising that may affect your ability to drive or retain a license.
Notify the Project of any endorsements gained throughout time volunteering.
Be willing to use car and claim back mileage for volunteering purposes.
Maintain car to minimum legal standards and provide evidence of up to date driving license, MOT (if applicable) and insurance policy. with written confirmation car can be used for volunteering purposes.
Adhere to guidance provided in the Volunteer Driving Handbook.
Have a genuine interest in the welfare of young people.
Experience of volunteering / supporting others.
To have an understanding or awareness of issues faced by young people within the Project.
To be able to focus on the needs of the young person.
TRAINING AND SUPPORT
Volunteer Drivers will receive an initial training session (around 2 hours).
Volunteer Drivers will have access to support sessions comprising of a mixture of training, information and social events.
Project Staff maintain regular contact with volunteers, meeting with them, offering support, advice and guidance where necessary continuing throughout involvement with the Project.
Future references may be provided for suitable candidates.
All out of pocket expenses will be re-imbursed by the Project.