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Tea Party Driver

For Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly)

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Our Tea Party Drivers are a vital part of the Re-engage team.

Tea parties provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated. Drivers take older people to the parties and stay with them to enjoy the get-together. Over time, drivers and older guests get to know each other well and together you will spend many hours full of fun, laughter, and stories.

As a tea party driver, you liaise with your group coordinator and take older guests to and from the tea parties each month. Staying at the tea party is part of your role, so it’s much more than being a driver.

You will need to have a full, clean, driving licence, and either a DBS (in England and Wales) or PVG (in Scotland). You will also need to check that you are covered by your regular motor insurance policy to do this role.

Tasks include:
Driving one to two older guests using your own car to a tea party venue and returning them home again after the event .
Staying at the tea party to help with conversation and serve refreshments.
Liaising with the group coordinator to confirm which older guests you will pick up.
Informing the group coordinator of any safeguarding concerns or issues you might have.
Following all guidance in your driver training modules to ensure that the tea parties are enjoyable, appropriate, and in line with our charitable aims.

What skills do I need?

We are looking for volunteer drivers with the following skills and attributes:

Organised
Good conversational skills
Considerate driving ability
Ability to navigate to new addresses
A friendly, and empathetic approach
Patience and understanding of supporting older people
Basic computer literacy (including the ability to use emails)
If this sounds like you, then please get in touch.

Many people enjoy volunteering for more than one role, feeling more involved and connected to others. Please have a look at our other volunteering roles to see what other opportunities we have available.

Interests

  • Older People

Activities

  • Driving
  • Supporting Charities
  • Supporting People and Befriending

Details

  • 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?

Start Date: 14/09/2022

End Date: 22/09/2024

Slot Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

1 Sunday afternoon a month

Location

This opportunity is available in: Basildon, Billericay & Wickford, Braintree, Colchester, Rayleigh and Rochford, Southend, Tendring, Thurrock

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