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Opportunity details

Across St Christopher's catchment area
Throughout the week including weekends

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“I love volunteering because I love talking to patients”

Naina, Anniversary Centre Volunteer

Minibus Driver/Driver’s Companion/Car Driver

Could you join our team of volunteer drivers and companions?

Why we need your help

  • There are many reasons why our patients need transport to be provided.
  • In the first instance we encourage where possible for our patients to make their own transport arrangements.
  • If patients are not able drive, use public transport or receive help from family, friends, neighbours or carers we can offer to assist.
  • We can also provide help to those who have poor mobility and cannot get in to a car easily. Our minibus has a passenger lift and can transport wheelchair users. Essential training is given to volunteers who help/assist anyone with mobility issues.

What time should you offer?

Patients requiring transport to the Anniversary Centre/Caritas Centre for appointments is where we need the majority of your help. The shifts are needed mornings or afternoons and timings depending on which site you will be working.

What activities will you be involved in as part of this volunteer role?

  • Driving one of the fleet of vehicles or using your own vehicle if appropriate.
  • Helping patients on and off our vehicle/s.
  • Assisting those who need help in and out of their home.
  • Following procedures with regard to moving and handling persons/wheelchair users etc.
  • Engaging with and supervising patients during their journey. Being a friendly face and a listening ear.
  • Escorting the patients on the journeys as and when needed

Where will you be based?

  • St Christopher’s Bromley, Caritas House, Tregony Road, Orpington. BR6 9XA
  • Or St Christopher’s Hospice, Lawrie park Road, London SE26 6DZ

What you can gain from volunteering in this role

  • Join an enthusiastic team of people and get more involved in your local community.
  • Make new friends and acquaintances.
  • Use and develop your skills.
  • Know you are helping people in your local community have access to care and support, whenever and wherever they need it.

Training and support provided

  • Those wishing to become a volunteer with St. Christopher’s will need to attend our volunteer induction training course which 24 hours set over a variety of days and times to suit. This will give you a full appreciation of St. Christopher’s and introduce you to all areas and roles of Patient and Family Support volunteering open to you.
  • If patient transport is your chosen area more specific training will be given for that role.

What we are looking for

  • Able to drive with a clean driving license (if in an assisting/escorting role only no license required)
  • Enthusiastic
  • Compassionate listener and clear communicator
  • Emotional resilience in the face of the difficult circumstances that can affect people at the end of life
  • Good attention to detail
  • Good team player
  • Ability to follow our policies and procedures to keep you, our staff, our patients safe
  • Ability to represent St Christopher’s and our values positivity.

Anything else you need to know

  • There is a short settling in period to see if the role is right for you
  • You must be 18 years old or over to do this role
  • The volunteer role will be agreed with you following successful completion of an interview, mandatory training, references obtained and a DBS check

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More information

Volunteering Team , Volunteering

020 8768 4669

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