The charity relies on a dedicated team of volunteers to provide the service. Some drivers carry out a few trips a month, others are on the road most days of the week. The amount of time drivers commit is up to them. 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 a week, have a caring attitude and your own car we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call or an email or complete the online application form
Potential new drivers are DBS checked, will have an informal interview, an accompanied drive and also a ‘buddy’ trip with a fellow volunteer driver to learn more about the role. Child car seats and mileage expenses will be provided.
‘I volunteer for the charity having taken early retirement from my job in finance. At that time I felt the need to do something useful with my spare time and saw an advert in the MEN for a volunteer driver taking children to hospital appointments. I find the role gives me some personal satisfaction in being of assistance to the families. The help and consideration given from the office staff is most useful and I am never put under pressure to accept a trip"
Trevor Crookell – Volunteer Driver
Being able to help families that would otherwise struggle to get to their vital medical appointments is very rewarding. Also meeting a broad range of children with a wide variety of complex medical issues (many of which I had never heard of) often makes a trip different in some way. I enjoy getting to know families from various backgrounds and countries, the majority of whom cope amazingly well in sometimes very difficult circumstances’
Stuart Wilson – Volunteer Driver
I’ve done volunteer work for a number of years for various organisations but this is really the volunteer role for me. I love the driving and really enjoy taking the families, a lot seem to feel at ease with me and tell me about their family. I feel part of a team, not on my own as everyone is so friendly and helpful particularly the team in the office where the support is amazing. Its so satisfying being a volunteer and I can actually say I’ve enjoyed every trip so far!
Beryl Richmond – Volunteer Driver