Volunteer Centre Needs Help to Sustain Growth

Syston and District Volunteer Centre (SADVC) is struggling to satisfy growth in demand for its community transport services.
The Centre provides a range of transport solutions to meet the needs of the elderly, infirm and/or rurally isolated members of the communities of Syston and neighbouring areas. These services help individuals to be as independent as possible, directly assisting them to continue to play a full and active part in family and community life and sustaining their vitality and independence.
Drivers are wanted who are prepared to use their own cars, in return for a generous mileage allowance, and who can offer anything from an hour per week upwards, provide door-to-door personal transport to doctors, hospitals, dentists, hairdressers, shops, family and friends.
Others are needed to drive the small fleet of specially adapted vehicles to enable the Centre to organise group excursions to local places of interest such as theatres, restaurants, parks, shopping centres and boat trips and to fulfil group contracts for the local authority. Full MIDAS training is offered, free of charge, to anyone volunteering to drive one of the minibuses.
Every driver can choose to do as much or as little driving for the Centre as he/she chooses, to fit in with private or family commitments.
The Centre always gives notice of their requirements well in advance. Drivers, as a group, enjoy regular opportunities to meet socially to relax and share experiences.
Drivers need to be good listeners, without losing concentration since, all-too-often, they are one of the very few people that the user has met and spoken to in the period since the previous journey!
Volunteer driving is a win-win situation. All drivers speak of the great satisfaction they gain from the experience. At the same time, they know, from the feedback they get, just how vital and highly valued Centre services are to the users.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver at the SADVC should contact Centre Manager, Mark Smith
Tel: 0116 2607 888 email: [email protected] for further details.