Volunteer on our Minibus service

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As a volunteer driver or chaperone you can make a huge difference by enabling someone with a learning disability to get to a day centre they attend.

Driver – Oxfordshire

Service: GLADS
Location: Witney, Oxfordshire
Commitment: A few hours each week

About GLADS

GLADS is our day centre in Oxfordshire offering a range of social and skill-based activities for adults with learning disabilities, mobility impairments and other conditions.

Our activities can include:

  • Sports, fitness and dance
  • Music and singing
  • Art and crafts
  • Photography
  • Supported IT use
  • Working towards independent living: shopping, cooking, money management, safe use of public transport
  • Outings and trips to various local places of interest 

About the role

We are looking for a small team of reliable drivers, who can ideally commit to a regular few hours each week to drive either their own cars or our minibuses. You must have Category D1 on your licence or willing to take a mini bus test.

Driving hours are mainly first thing in the morning and after the session finishes at 4pm. The maximum driving hours are 2 hours per session (either AM or PM), but further details can be given upon request.

Feel free to make contact with us if you would like to pay us a visit to see what we do.

What to expect

You will find volunteering at our day opportunities a rewarding experience and a great opportunity for you to develop your skills and maybe learn new skills such as team working, listening, communication and building your own confidence.

All volunteers will receive an induction, training and on-going support in your role.

No personal care is involved and any out of pocket travel expenses are reimbursed.

This role is ideal for you if:

  • You like working with people with learning disabilities
  • You are happy to commit to regular hours

Volunteer requirements

Reliability, a caring nature, and an interest in supporting vulnerable people!

Chaperone/Escort – Oxfordshire

Service: GLADS
Location: Witney, Oxfordshire
Commitment: 7.30 -9:00am then 3:00 – 5pm approximately, Monday to Friday

About GLADS

GLADS is our day centre in Oxfordshire offering a range of social and skill-based activities for adults with learning disabilities, mobility impairments and other conditions.

Our activities can include:

  • Sports, fitness and dance
  • Music and singing
  • Art and crafts
  • Photography
  • Supported IT use
  • Working towards independent living: shopping, cooking, money management, safe use of public transport
  • Outings and trips to various local places of interest 

About the role

We are looking for volunteers to support shuttle driver in collecting service users from their homes in and around Witney and take them to our GLADS Day Centre, and then escort them on their way home.

Tasks/activities could include:

  • Ensure that members travel in comfort and safety
  • Ensure the members feel cared for during their transfer
  • Support services users in safe use of seatbelts
  • Assist service users getting in and out of the vehicle, when required
  • Support minibus driver in case of any accident or incident

Requirements:

  • A friendly, welcoming manner
  • Patience, sensitivity and reliability
  • Good communication skills
  • Participating in training if required
  • Working as part of the team and with Guideposts staff and volunteers

What’s in it for you?

  • Making a difference to others lives
  • Creating a safe environment for members
  • Learning new skills or updating your current ones
  • Getting to know new people
  • Being part of a friendly team
  • Gaining confidence
  • Enhancing your CV
  • Opportunity to join other day centre activities, if desired
  • Benefit from online training courses