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Rachel House Hospice Driver

Drivers provide an essential CHAS service. They transport families who are using CHAS services, collect and deliver goods and at times provide transport for professional visitors to CHAS. If you love driving and want to use your skills for a great cause, this is the role for you!

What activities will I be involved in?

  • Providing transport or driving the CHAS minibus to allow families to go on outings, to bring families to stay in our hospices and to take families home from our hospices.
  • On occasions to transport or collect goods, equipment and displays for CHAS teams

What skills and abilities will I need to have?

  • An enjoyment of and enthusiasm for driving
  • Calm and considerate driving skills
  • A full, clean driving licence
  • An outgoing and friendly personality
  • Patience, empathy, tact and understanding
  • An ability to represent CHAS enthusiastically and appropriately
  • An ability to relate to people of all ages
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience of driving a minibus or larger vehicles is advantageous but not essential.
  • Shared values with the organisation: respect, care, honesty, accountability

How much time should I offer?

You can volunteer on any day of the week. Drives can take places in the morning, afternoon or evening on week days or at weekends. Some drivers may wish to have a regular slot. This is flexible and can be discussed and agreed with your Supervisor.

Where is the opportunity based?

Rachel House Hospice in Kinross

What ongoing learning/support/guidance will I receive? 

It’s important to us that you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. As a CHAS volunteer you will be invited to complete a short core learning package that is tailored to your role.

We are always developing new opportunities for volunteers to learn and offer a range of options for volunteers.

What are the benefits to me?

  • Learning new skills whilst having fun
  • Using your existing skills
  • Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition.
  • Adding to your cv
  • Meeting new people
  • Having fun!

What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS?

  • Children and families will receive a homely welcome and a clean, tidy environment to help them feel relaxed in the hospice.
  • Families supported by CHAS are often under a lot of strain so enjoying a clean tidy environment that requires no work from them is a real treat.

What else should I know?

Volunteer drivers using their own cars need to be 17 or over with a full driving licence. In order to drive a CHAS vehicle you need to be 25 or over (this is for insurance reasons). 

This role requires membership of the PVG scheme (children only). There is a simple form to complete and we will assist you with this. You may already have a PVG form – if so you will only need to complete an update form. The process won’t cost you anything and having a criminal record will not automatically exclude you from volunteering. We will assess each applicant on an individual basis.

We will pay your out of pocket expenses in line with the CHAS volunteer expenses policy.

CHAS is committed to providing a quality volunteering experience to all volunteers free from discrimination and prejudice. Ensuring that CHAS is an equal, diverse, and inclusive organisation improve the quality of care we provide, help us reach more families and children, and maximise a wide variety of knowledge, experience and expertise.

We welcome volunteer applications from those who are refugees, asylum seekers, benefit claimants and those with a disability. We can provide more information on if you are allowed to volunteer and what adjustments we can put in place to ensure your volunteering experience is a positive one. You can contact us on 0131 444 1900 or volunteering@chas.org.uk

What’s the next step?

If you would like additional information about the role please phone 01389 722053 or email volunteering@chas.org.uk. If you’re interested in the role you can apply online.

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