You may have seen the adverts on buses and heard radio adverts looking for volunteer drivers for the 60+ community transport schemes in the Oxfordshire area. All groups are looking to recruit more volunteers.
These schemes give people access to transport, where they would otherwise not have (for example if they cannot drive or cannot use public transport). Community transport provides a lifeline in both rural and urban areas. The most common users are often the elderly who need lifts to attend medical appointments. However, there are many schemes which are used be all people who need transport to access the shops, dentists, visiting friends etc.
Many of these community transport schemes are run as Good Neighbours Schemes, supported by Volunteer Link Up.
CFO also runs a Red Arrow Driving Scheme and is especially looking for volunteer drivers in Oxford.
Volunteer drivers for car schemes are usually reimbursed for mileage at 45p a mile and this activity should not affect your car insurance policy.
How do I become a volunteer driver?
Alternatively, if you would like to learn more about community transport and volunteer driving, please contact Emily Lewis-Edwards or call her on 01865 883488.
Learn more about other volunteering opportunities in Oxfordshire by visiting the Oxfordshire County Council Volunteering website.