Independent Living Transport Support Volunteer - Belfast

£15,000 - £19,999
09 Nov 2019
12 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Part Time
Independent Living -Transport Support Volunteer

Location: Working out of Ulster Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital

Commitment: Flexible commitment - minimum of 1 hour a week. Hours of operation 12pm - 8pm (Ulster Hospital Monday - Friday, Royal Hospital Monday - Sunday)

Ideally you will be able to attend our 2-day induction course on 30th November & 1st December in Belfast

Volunteers must have a valid UK driving licence and access to their own vehicle.

About the role

Either using your own car or a Red Cross vehicle, you will offer door-to-door assistance for those in need, providing freedom of travel for those with mobility problems. You will help people get to medical appointments, carry out everyday essentials like shopping, or even just to get out of the house and socialise. Besides transport, we can also provide an escort who, if necessary, will stay with a client throughout their journey.

About the Team

Sometimes a little help can go a long way.

The Independent Living (IL) & Crisis Response (CR) service (IL/CR) are dedicated to making the lives of vulnerable people that little bit better. We're a small team dotted all over the country that share the same goal - to help those that need it most.

From picking up groceries to helping out around the house, we're there to make a difference. There's nothing better than knowing the time we spent with someone made them feel safer, happier, and more able to deal with crisis.

About the person

You need to have good interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills. Full training can be given for any necessary technical requirements. We keep the beneficiary at the heart of what we do, working to understand their needs and the difference we make. Also someone who has:
  • Sensitivity when working with vulnerable people and an interest in their well-being.
  • An understanding of the differing physical needs of service users.
  • The ability to work alone and unsupervised as required.
  • A full driving licence, plus business insurance or similar cover if using your own car.
  • Passed the BRC vehicle familiarisation and fitness to drive check.
  • Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the Society's Equal Opportunities Policy.

This role requires a DBS/PVG/Access NI check to the appropriate level, this may need renewed every three years.

Tasks Included in this Role:
  • Taking someone on a short trip or helping them run errands, providing door-to-door assistance for an appointment or visit.
  • Offering a trained volunteer escort and conveying passengers safely from their starting point to their final destination either in BRC vehicles or in the driver's own vehicle.
  • Accompanying someone on a public transport journey, enabling clients to keep appointments safely and efficiently.

What We Offer:
  • The chance to work with a variety of different people from different walks of life and make a real difference to their lives.
  • Comprehensive free training so you can represent the Red Cross with confidence.
  • A great opportunity to develop your existing skills and to gain new ones.
  • The company of a warm and friendly team of like-minded people.
  • Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses when on duty, including mileage charges.
  • Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world's largest humanitarian organisation.

Here's a little bit more about us...

The British Red Cross help anyone, anywhere in the UK; get the support they need if crisis strikes.

From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country - we're there when you need us. Our goal is to connect human kindness with human crisis.

We're part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and we believe in the power of kindness.

Young People and This Role

We value the energy and enthusiasm that young people bring to this role. Anyone can volunteer with the Red Cross from the age of 15. An individual risk assessment, parental consent and safeguarding considerations will be required from those aged 15 - 17. Volunteers will need to be at least 18 to visit service users on their own but those aged 15 - 17 can be involved in a variety of activities such as promoting the service, supporting service volunteers, providing administrative support and undertaking training, if appropriate.

Our Promise

We value the skills and experience that people bring to the organisation. We will work with you to look at your knowledge and skills and help make an assessment about which elements of the learning for your role you will need to complete with us and recognise where you may already know all that you need to confidently and safely carry out your duties. We want to try and make sure that you get all the training you need, no more and no less.

The British Red Cross is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences - including disabled and ethnic minority candidates. This is to contribute to the breadth of experience we need to respond to people in crisis.

Connecting human kindness with human crisis