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Volunteer Driving

Voluntary Driving Service (Belfast)

The Voluntary Driving Service is a community car scheme that provides transport for older people to and from health appointments. The service is provided for older people in South and East Belfast and Castlereagh who may have no other way to access healthcare due to social isolation or friends or relatives not having the means to support them. Volunteer drivers use their own cars to collect clients, take them to their appointments and return them home again.  The service is currently at capacity and cannot take new referrals at present.

Volunteer Now provides this service on a daily basis for older people with dementia who attend Edgecumbe Day Centre. Our volunteer drivers also do regular runs for the Occupational Therapy Clinic at Knockbracken Health Centre.  There are a range of experienced, dedicated volunteer drivers currently delivering this service. There is no charge for the volunteer’s time, however mileage is charged at a rate of 40p per mile.  All of our volunteer drivers are vetted and inducted and trained in line with the Investing In Volunteers Quality Standard. For more information telephone Sylvia Moore on 028 9023 2020 or email sylvia.moore@volunteernow.co.uk.


Voluntary Transport Service (North Down & Ards)

The Voluntary Transport Service in North Down & Ards is funded by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and is provided primarily for their family and childcare units.  This involves school runs, runs to after school care, runs to parental contact, health appointments and others and is a much needed and valuable service.

The service also works with voluntary organisations and helps older people in the community who need help to get to health appointments. If you have some spare time, access to a car and would like to help people in your local community, we would love to hear from you.  Mileage expenses are reimbursed to all drivers and this will not affect any benefits you may be receiving.

If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer driver please telephone Judith Parr on 028 91 457916 or email judith.parr@volunteernow.co.uk