Volunteering to support children and young people with home to school transport
We are fortunate to have a small team of fantastic volunteer drivers as part of our home to school transport provision, who currently deliver a caring, safe and reliable service. We are now looking to expand our team of volunteer drivers to provide this service to more of our families.
Volunteer drivers collect allocated children/young people from their home, school or other pre-arranged location and deliver them safely to their destination. You will meet a range of children and young people and their families, provide a warm welcome and make each person feel comfortable on their journey.
If you are someone who likes driving and getting out and about and can make our children and young people feel at ease on their journey, then this role is for you. Although you will be working independently, a member of the Passenger Transport Service is at the other end of the phone and there is a network of other volunteers for you to link in with too. You will be fully trained and supported so you feel comfortable and confident in your volunteering.
Already a volunteer for Cambridgeshire County Council? No problem! This flexible opportunity could fit around your current volunteering commitments. Please enquire to find out more – a member of our team would be more than happy to discuss this with you.
“I really enjoy helping youngsters. I can choose the jobs I do, and it fits around my daily life”
- Derrick (Volunteer driver)
“After retiring, I wanted something to do to fill my time. I have always enjoyed driving and like socialising. I like working with children and helping them and I can do as many jobs as I can to help”
- Eric (Volunteer driver)
If you would like to find out more or have any questions, a member of our team would be happy to speak to you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07880473917. You can also download further information and an application form below.
Volunteer drivers are asked to nominate days and times that they will be available. The frequency and quantity of hours are flexible and determined by your availability. This will be variable and agreed in advance. Volunteer drivers are at liberty to change their availability but are requested to give the Passenger Transport Delivery Team enough notice.
Reimbursement for mileage incurred is currently paid at 45 pence per mile and is calculated home to home, via the shortest route. All mileage, tolls and necessary parking costs will be reimbursed.
No formal education is needed but some personal qualities are essential for the role such as an active interest in the welfare of children, acknowledgement of a wide range of physical and emotional needs, a good rapport with people, especially children and volunteers must be reliable.
You will need to have your own vehicle and will be responsible for maintaining the standard of your vehicle, carrying out daily safety checks and ensuring that the interior is kept clean and presentable. You are also required to have a full UK driving licence and you will need to inform your insurer that you are undertaking voluntary work.
To make sure all volunteers are suitable for the role they will be expected to undergo an interview, reference checks, training and an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB).