Volunteering – Join our friendly, supportive team

What do volunteer drivers do?

Supporting the community, drivers take our clients on journeys, trips and outings. You will be helping people to access places where they cannot travel to without your support.

What are the different types of journeys?

As a volunteer driver, taking people to hospital appointments and other journeys, you will be able to drive your own car. This is the Community Car Service. The Ring & Ride service enables people to travel on our minibus from local villages and towns to Okehampton town centre. The Lifestyle Trips involves driving our vehicles to take people on social outings.

How much of my time will this take?

As little or as much as you choose. You will be offered various journeys and it’s entirely up to you if you decide to take them on.

How am I qualified to drive a minibus?

We offer you training through our charity. Join us to learn a new skill.

Which areas do you cover?

We cover Okehampton and the surrounding vicinity, please see the map on our home page.

I am not sure how far I want to drive, are there options?

There are short trips within Okehampton town, perhaps to the medical centre. Then there are long trips such as to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. You can choose the journeys you wish to take and have your own flexibility in accepting trips.

Are my expenses paid?

We offer a mileage payment and there is no effect on your tax. A volunteering role allows expense claims.

How is my car insurance affected?

Your insurance will usually permit use of your car for voluntary purposes.

If I am driving vulnerable people what protection is in place?

We will work with you to complete a DBS check on your behalf.

We are always looking for volunteer drivers as you are the lifeline to people in our community. We hope to welcome you soon.

Please call on 01837 55000 to talk to us about volunteering.