Due to an increase in demand, we urgently require volunteer drivers across the whole of the Harrogate District. Please read on for more information:
Driving Force and Ripon & Rural Voluntary Car Driving Service
Role: Volunteer Driver
Could you help someone to get out and about?
This flexible volunteering opportunity is perfect for volunteers who want to offer practical help at times to suit them. Our volunteer car drivers provide a vital transport service to help people unable to use public transport due to mobility or location to make journeys to medical appointments, day centres, lunch clubs, shops, bank, post office, visits to relatives, hairdressers and other social visits.
You will need to be over 18, have access to your own vehicle, have no more than three points on your licence, and be subject to DBS checks and references. In return you receive the satisfaction of helping local people get out and about, the opportunity to meet new people and the chance to see more of our beautiful District. You will be reimbursed directly by the client for your expenses.
Driving Force is our transport service for Harrogate, Knaresborough and the surrounding villages. Our Ripon & Rural Car Driving Service covers Ripon, Masham, Pateley Bridge and surrounding rural areas.
Role: Befriender for outings
Can we call you from time to time to take someone on an outing of their choice?
Our volunteers accompany a service user on a one-to-one basis wherever they wish to go and outings usually last between two and three hours. The scheme currently supports over 70 clients with the help of 20 very active and supportive volunteers. Up to 500 outings are arranged each year. No regular commitment is required – when we get a request we ring round our volunteers to find someone who is available.
Volunteers, particularly car drivers, are needed to support these outings, which provide a lifeline for many of our service users. You will need to be over 18, have access to your own vehicle and be subject to DBS checks and references. In return you receive the satisfaction of helping local people get out and about, the opportunity to meet new people and the chance to see more of our beautiful District.
“Doing something as simple as going into town or going to a garden centre, that I take for granted, can bring so much pleasure to someone.”
Help at Home
Role: Teams to help out with gardening and decorating as one-off opportunities
Are you a group of colleagues or friends who would like to make a difference to local people?
We are always in need to lots of spare pairs of hands to help out with larger jobs, which are too big for our small team to tackle on their own. Typically this might be clearing , weeding or tidying up a garden or lending a hand with painting. This is usually a one-off opportunity either for a day or half day and can be arranged around times to suit you. You would receive full supervision and guidance from a Help at Home Support Worker. Brilliant for team building, no previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to get involved. We have a long list of jobs waiting for us, so please spare a few hours if you can.
“It’s a pleasure to look out at a tidy garden. All the volunteers are very nice and helpful.”
Ripon & Rural Wellbeing Service
Role: Volunteer Befriender
Do you like meeting people? Do you have a good listening ear?
We are looking for caring, empathetic people to become volunteer befrienders to over 65s living in and round Ripon. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to people living locally by providing them with much-needed social contact. As volunteer befriender you will:
- Visit clients regularly in their own homes for a catch up over a cuppa
- Be a friendly familiar face and provide company for people who struggle to get out and about
- Provide moral support when they might be at a low ebb
- Be matched with a client, based on your mutual interests
Volunteers should ideally be drivers with access to their own vehicles as this role involves travelling to visit people in their own homes. Volunteers who are good listeners and enjoy the company of older people will be ideal for this role.