The need for Volunteer Drivers is great. There are many older people in Sutton who are socially isolated because a lack of transport prevents them from attending activities, clubs or groups they enjoy.
Typical duties undertaken by a Volunteer Driver:
- Collect people from their homes to transport them to local venues, e.g. a lunch group.
- Escort people from door-to-door to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
- Liaise with Age UK Sutton team members to provide weekly transport to local social groups
- Provide transportation for one-off events and meetings on occasion
By providing door-to-door transport, Volunteer Drivers enable isolated individuals to get out and about; over time, as their connections grow and confidence develops, they are encouraged to begin using alternate modes of transportation. Volunteers Drivers play a valued role in the fight against loneliness.
We welcome any contributions you can make, and a minimum of two hours, one day a week is extremely helpful. It usually takes a volunteer driver two hours to complete a journey one way, picking up multiple people.
Volunteer drivers are reimbursed for fuel costs according to mileage accrued in the course of volunteering.
Is it for me?
If you have your own car (and valid MOT certificate if applicable), a driving licence with no more than 3 current penalty points and no prosecutions pending, then we'd like to hear from you!
The amount of money reimbursed for mileage is based on the Approved Mileage Allowance Payment (AMAP) as allowed by the HMRC. At time of writing, the authorised mileage rates are 45p per mile.
Our Volunteer Drivers are compassionate and have empathy for older people. They are patient and good communicators, with a willingness to help. They have a reasonable level of fitness that can aid older people who need some support to walk to and from the vehicle.
Drop in to our office to pick up an application