Volunteer driver / reserve driver

If you enjoy tea and cake and would like to help make a difference in your local community, then look no further!

Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for isolated older people who live alone and find it difficult to get out and about by themselves. Each older person is collected from their home each month by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host's home where they meet with a small group for tea, chat and companionship.

We are looking for volunteer drivers to collect one or two local older people from their homes and accompany them to an afternoon tea, held in the home of a volunteer host. The drivers will then take the guests safely home again. Our tea parties take place in a different home each month, however our volunteer drivers regularly collect the same older guest/s which means that over time real friendships develop. We are also looking for reserve drivers to collect guests when regular drivers are unavailable.

Our monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties are a vital lifeline for our older guests, and our volunteers often say that they genuinely get as much enjoyment from the gatherings as the older people do.

"Contact the Elderly is a wonderful organisation. I'm delighted to be involved. I joined

because I wanted to be of use to others, but to be honest I often wonder who's getting the

benefit! I love listening to Jean, the lady I drive, telling me about her past and bringing it

all to life so vividly. I really look forward to our meetings."

Katerina, Contact the Elderly Driver


We are looking for someone with a full driving licence, who has access to a car. Volunteer drivers should have a friendly nature and be sympathetic to the needs of older people.

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  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Older People


  • Driving
  • General Helping
  • Supporting People and Befriending


  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Between these dates: 11/05/2017 - 11/05/2020

On these days:

Mon-Fri Day Eve
Weekend Day Eve


Basildon Billericay and Wickford
Castle Point
Rayleigh and Rochford

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