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Community Transport

Volunteers and Volunteering

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Why volunteer for Community Transport?

Across Devon, thousands of people are involved with keeping Community Transport on the road. From Community Car Schemes, to Ring & Ride, to Community Buses, local people rely on volunteers to get them out and about.

Some schemes are critically short of volunteers and need "new blood" if they are to continue operating. Other groups would welcome the addition of new volunteers with fresh ideas and outlooks on a well-established service.

What does a Community Transport Volunteer do?

Volunteering with Community Transport is not just about driving …. Although drivers are always in demand! There are many skills, which are needed including passenger escort, fundraiser, co-ordinator, or administrator and specific roles such as secretary or treasurer.

What motivates you?

Ask a volunteer why they volunteer and you will probably hear a whole range of reasons, from those who want to lend a hand within their local community, to others who want to learn new skills to help them back to work after a career break.

Different people have different incentives, but whatever yours might be, we are inviting you to become a Professional when you volunteer with Community Transport.

Becoming a Professional

Community Transport schemes in Devon pride themselves on the professional way they manage and operate their services. This extends from ensuring they operate within the legislation, which governs their transport schemes to safeguarding the interests of passengers and volunteers with appropriate insurance cover, training etc.

You may have pre-conceptions about what is expected of a volunteer in terms of commitment. In reality, your contribution will be welcome whether you can offer a few hours a day, week or month - a suitable role can be found to suit you!

You're never too young or too old

People of all ages with a variety of skills are involved with Community Transport.
For example ........

You might be a school leaver with career aspirations in accountancy or design

  • You could help with some simple book-keeping or designing publicity material

If you are a recent graduate with research or marketing skills

  • Your skills could help in tracking down new sources of funding or attracting a scheme sponsor

Perhaps you are looking for a new challenge or planning to return to work after a break

  • Some Community Transport schemes need office based skills such as typing and computer skills

You may be retired and have time on your hands

  • Your knowledge and previous work skills could be transferred to a voluntary setting or you may wish to try something new

There may be a variety of training choices open to you when you volunteer. This can range from driving tuition, to computer skills, to disability awareness and passenger handling, to fundraising.

A word on Volunteer Driving

Community Transport inevitably involves the need for driving skills. This can range from volunteers using their own cars to take passengers to pre-booked destinations, to specially adapted minibuses to transport people with mobility difficulties.

Some services only require the driver to have a standard full, clean driving licence, others may require training to a professional standard. Either way, Volunteer Driving will not cost you directly any extra in terms of Insurance or training. Where needed, this will be provided by the scheme.

Who to Contact

If you would like to become a volunteer we can put you in contact with local Community Transport schemes in your area, where your time and skills will be appreciated, either -

Call the Rural & Community Transport team

Icon - Telephone01392 382123 (9.00-17.00 Monday to Friday)

OR

Print off the online enquiry form on the rural and community transport homepage and send it by post to

Transport Co-ordination Service
Matford Lane Offices,
County Hall,
Topsham Road,
Exeter,
Devon
EX2 4QW, OR

Complete the online enquiry form on the rural and community transport homepage and press the send button.