Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering within Community Services

In the first instance complete the volunteer application form on this site, or contact the Community Services Coordinator, Lisa, on 01258 450095 to arrange a mutually convenient time for you to visit us to have an informal discussion about what it will entail.

It is a legal requirement that all our prospective volunteers are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service Application (DBS) with us.

All fuel expenses that our volunteers incur in the delivery of their role are reimbursed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is there a set amount of hours/time I need to be available?

No, not at all.  You can specify days when you can /can’t volunteer, agree set locations of travel and so on.

Flexibility is the key word. If you don’t mind us contacting you to ask, we really don’t mind if you say “yes” or “no”.

Q. Do I receive any payment?

We reimburse all volunteers for their fuel measured from their door back to their door at the rate of 45p per mile.

We will provide you with an expenses sheet to keep a record of each journey and miles traveled to enable us to reimburse you correctly.

Q How do clients pay for the service?

We ask all clients to make a donation towards supporting the ongoing costs of this service. This can be in the form of cash or cheque. Drivers are not permitted to accept payment directly for themselves from any client due to the  nature of the role.

All donations made to our charity are acknowledged by the office.

Q. What about insurance?

We will provide you with a standard letter to send to your car insurance company informing them you are doing voluntary work in the charity’s name.

Q. What areas and locations do you cover?

The majority of requests are for appointments to hospitals at Dorchester, Poole, Bournemouth, Yeovil, Sherborne and Salisbury. Occassionally patients request us to take them to locations such as Shepton Mallett, Southampton, Taunton and Bristol.

Some drivers prefer and opt to take only to local hospitals whereas some drivers are happy to go further afield. The choice is entirely up to the individual driver who’s choices will be respected at all times.

Q How long does it take to complete a service provision?

That is very difficult to say. All journeys are done to satisfy an appointment. I am sure you can appreciate that some appointments take only a few minutes whilst others may take over an hour.

The office will endeavor to provide you with as much detail as possible about the clients appointment.

Q Do we charge clients to use this service?

We appreciate donations that help us to cover the cost of the fuel expenses we reimburse to our drivers, which is currently 45p per mile.

I have been volunteering as a driver for the Friends for 3 years now and am really enjoying it in ways that I never thought I would. There is a great camaraderie between Drivers and with Lisa and Leonne and of course there is immense satisfaction to be gained from helping others. Lisa is never put out when I have to turn down a request and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of taking it up.

Jack EllisVolunteer Driver