Volunteers are the life blood of the charity
The charity relies on a dedicated team of car owner-drivers to provide the service. These volunteer drivers transport accompanied children. They kindly volunteer their free time but are reimbursed for their petrol costs.
Some drivers carry out one journey a month, others are on the road for us most days of the week. Over the past 5 years we have helped almost 4000 children, undertaken 32,000 trips and driven over 500,000 miles.
If you can spare a few hours per week, have your own car and want to help improve the lives and health of children who live in Greater Manchester, then why not consider volunteering for the Charity?
After a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, interview and driving assessment you can take accompanied children to health appointments to local clinics, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Alder Hey Liverpool, Leeds or Birmingham.
We will supply a child car seat and booster seat and return trip fuel expenses.
Why be a volunteer?
“In a word it’s……inexplicable. It’s a way of using what skills or talents I have to help others. No formal qualifications are required, I just have an interest in people and some time to spare – just do what I can when I can. It means meeting people outside my own small circle, keeping touch with more aspects of every day life and the problems other people face, and giving a bit of support, if only for a short time.
With Transport for Sick Children, the difference to a family that one short car journey and two or three hours of a volunteer’s time can make is staggering. Each child has different challenges to face. For some it’s a short-term problem, for others several medical conditions requiring long-term treatment. Whatever the challenges, the courage and resilience of the children and their carers are amazing and uplifting.
Making the vital link between families, referrers and volunteer drivers is a very friendly, hard working, efficient and resourceful team in the office. Always cheerful, mental gymnastics is their forte when it comes to co-ordinating our trips! To them we are not names or numbers, we are people with our own lives to lead – volunteering is just a part of it.
Being a volunteer keeps me active both mentally and physically and gives me the opportunity to help others. Why be a volunteer? Well…Why not?”
Irene Sagar – Volunteer Driver