If you care too, then "Get Behind the Wheel"!
If you have just a little extra time to spare each month and would like to get involved by helping others within West Horsley, please do consider volunteering for the Wheel of Care.
Although we have a wonderful band of volunteers, we need to find new members to replace volunteers who can no longer help so we are always looking for new volunteers, particularly drivers, and your help could make such a difference.
On average, volunteers give about one hour a month (often less), normally driving a "client" to/from the Medical Centre or shops etc but the type of help varies according to what volunteers are able to give and it doesn't always involve driving. Volunteers can choose the days and even the time of day when they could help and can always say "no" when they are called by a Duty Officer (the volunteer who answers the telephone to clients between 10am-noon each weekday). If you'd prefer a commitment on a specific date and time each month, there are several regular rotas to fill too.
Please do consider whether this could be for you – it’s easy and rewarding too.
Prospective volunteers will be asked to meet with the Membership Secretary. This is an opportunity to explain how the scheme works, to discuss the ways in which a volunteer might wish to help and to answer any questions. The Wheel of Care asks all volunteers to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (this replaced the Criminal Records Bureau in the summer of 2013). We will need to see your passport, take two references and we will also need a passport type photograph because, on joining, all volunteers are issued with an identity card which they should have with them when meeting clients.
At the meeting with the Membership Secretary, individuals wishing to become driving volunteers will also need to show their driving licence and MOT certificate (if applicable). With regard to insurance, the Wheel of Care carries public liability and personal accident insurance. However, car accidents are covered by the volunteer's own insurance so we will need to ask you to confirm with your insurance company that your policy specifically covers you for voluntary driving.
Although the paperwork involved in becoming a volunteer might seem a bit daunting, it is all really quite straightforward and we will give as much as assistance as we can throughout the process and try and ensure that your membership is confirmed as soon as possible.
Should you wish to claim them, expenses you incur when volunteering for the Wheel of Care (eg petrol costs) will be paid and you will be given an Expense Form when you become a member. Alternatively, you can download a copy here.
Volunteering for the Wheel of Care is a wonderful way to get involved in our community. Our volunteers tell us that they really enjoy the interaction with our clients, most of whom have lived here for many years and have interesting stories to tell!
If you think you might like to get involved, you can send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click on the "Contact Us" button on the menu on the right or you can telephone the Duty Officer on 01483 281703 (Monday-Friday 10am-noon).
We look forward to hearing from you soon and to having you on board!
Alternatively, please use the online Contact Form (on the "Contact Us" page) and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as we can.