You might recall at the beginning of this year I joined forces with local businesses in a call to arms for volunteer drivers to help people reach their vaccination appointments. I’m pleased to say the response was overwhelmingly positive, and Wiltshire’s various LINK schemes and Community First received a large number of applications from willing volunteers.
As many of these volunteers now return to work and finish working from home, Community First is now on the hunt for more people who might be able to help – this time in the form of LINK co-ordinators as well as volunteer drivers. Co-ordinators should be outgoing and friendly, have a warm telephone manner, be good listeners and communicators, and be well organised. A volunteer co-ordinator will typically operate from home, receiving requests from clients or other services. A telephone with voicemail and, in some schemes, a laptop will be provided.
Wiltshire LINK Schemes are voluntary groups which offer a transport and good neighbour service to local people who are in need, perhaps because they are elderly, disabled, isolated and lonely, single parents, or perhaps temporarily in need because of illness. Link Schemes operate as small, independent charitable organisations and all volunteers use their own private vehicles. (Insurance and DBS checks are carried out).
Due to Covid 19, the Link schemes have found themselves suffering from a large number of volunteers being unable to drive because of age and or vulnerability.
If you are able to help as a co-ordinator or driver, please get in touch on 01380 722 241 to find out more.