Volunteer drivers needed in Bromley

News item: Bromley Volunteer Drivers
Volunteer drivers already serve Bexley and Greenwich; now we're looking for Bromley recruits

For 18 years a dedicated band of volunteers in Greenwich and Bexley have been driving Oxleas’ patients and carers - who cannot easily make journeys by themselves - to appointments, therapy groups and on visits.

Now the service, run by Trust Lead for Voluntary Services, Linda Sanders, is expanding into the Bromley area and Linda is appealing for new drivers.

Linda explains that the service brings benefits for both passengers and drivers: “Our drivers are mostly retired, and many want to put something back in to the community. They also get to meet people and make new friends, so it’s a very fulfilling role. Our younger drivers also find they can gain new skills and improve their employment prospects.  As well as being transported from A to B, our patients benefit from usually having the same driver right from the start of their therapy. So a rapport is built up which enhances the patient experience. Our drivers will even tell staff if they notice any deterioration in their regulars’ health.”

Drivers give as much time as they can spare – many find the role so enjoyable that they make themselves available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.  Expenses are paid to the tune of 50p per mile, which covers fuel and wear and tear.

A total of 12 new drivers are sought in the Bromley area, and with four already confirmed, Linda has made a good start. If you are a car owner with some time to spare and would like to join them, please call Linda on 020 8836 8510/8511.

Published on 24th October 2011