The Difference Volunteers Make to Dundee Community Transport SCIO
Each day over Volunteers Week, we have been featuring one or two different charities or other non-profit organisations that rely on the help of volunteers. In their words, you will have heard what these organisations do and the difference volunteers make to them.
In the last post in this series, we hear from Dundee Community Transport SCIO. Read all about them below. If you would like to volunteer with DCT, contact Anne on 01382 305750 or email AHay@number10.org.
Tell us about your organisation/project (who do you help and in what way?)
We are a volunteer led, door to door car service for the over 65’s in the Dundee area. We have a friendly group of dedicated volunteers who provide over 100 journeys a month that would otherwise not be carried out or be very expensive to the customer. These include family visits, medical appointments and social activities. We also have our new service the ‘Out & About’ bus that takes the over 65’s who struggle to get out and about on trips each day of the week where they can meet other people and this helps with social isolation.
What difference do volunteers make to your organisation/project?
The volunteers are a huge part of our organisation because without them we would not be able to provide either of our services. Our volunteer drivers give up hours of their own time to drive our customers to wherever they would like to go. Some drivers will do one or two trips a week, others will do three or four or sometimes more depending on the time that they have available each week. The Passenger Assistant for our bus gives up at least 4 hours a day assisting our customer’s to get on and off the bus and with any other help that they may require.
Tell us more about the volunteering roles you have.
We are always looking for Volunteer Drivers as the more drivers that we have on board allows us to increase the number of drives that we cover each week and this in turn means we can take on more new customers. Drivers can give us as little or as much time as they are able to.
We are also looking for volunteers to help out on our bus which goes on different trips each month, again volunteers can work anything from one day a week upwards.
Tell us why volunteering for your organisation/project would be of benefit to an individual.
Volunteering for Community Cars benefits everyone from the customers who will receive a friendly, reliable and affordable transport service to the drivers who are given the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and be more immersed in their community. Friends and family are assured that their loved ones are living positive independent lives and more importantly traveling safely with a trusted service.
If no-one volunteered, where would you be?
Putting it simply, without our volunteers we would not have a service to run!