Do you love driving? Are you a people person? Could you take an elderly/disabled person to a medical appointment or shopping once a week?
Run by the local charity Imago, Dial 2 Drive is a community transport scheme where volunteer drivers use their own cars to take clients to medical and social appointments. These drives include appointments at local surgeries, hospitals, day centres, hairdressers, opticians, lunch clubs and shopping. Drives are booked for days, evenings and weekends. Being a volunteer driver fits around your day as the role is flexible to suit you. Drivers are DBS checked and have references taken, receive an induction and support. Mileage is reimbursed to ensure volunteers aren’t out of pocket.
The support clients’ receive by accessing Dial 2 Drive enables them to stay active and independent in their local community for longer. People register to use the service and pay an annual membership fee plus any mileage costs on a monthly basis.
“Dial 2 Drive is a marvellous service. I had to give up driving after a stroke… All the team are great, they know what I need and are always so helpful. I am really very grateful for their help.”
There are over 650 clients across Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and surrounding areas. In the last six months Dial 2 Drive has completed over 5,320 journeys!
Dial 2 Drive has a team of 80 fantastic volunteer drivers but is looking to recruit more to enable the increasing numbers of passengers who would like to use the service.
If you think you could join the team and would like to find out more do visit the website where there is an online registration form: http://www.imago.community/Community-Services/Dial2Drive/Volunteer or contact the office on 0300 777 1200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org