The Spring Centre, which is based in Quedgeley, provides support and respite for children and their families who have learning and physical disabilities. We help support children and young people aged from birth to 30 years, as well as their families, providing activities, respite care, advice and practical and emotional support. We run an after school club and holiday activities for children up to the age of 18 and a day centre for 18 – 30 year olds. You can find out more at www.springcentre.org
We need a volunteer mini bus driver to transport children and their carers from their schools to the centre and take them out on organised trips.
You’ll need a desire to help improve the lives of children and young people living with disabilities in our local community. This drive may be born from personal experience, professional links or indeed a desire to serve your community this way. You’ll also need to hold a full, clean driving licence and not have any medical conditions that affect your ability to drive. If your licence was first issued before 1 January 1997, you will already hold a category D1 entitlement enabling you to drive a minibus on the public highway. However, if your licence was issued on or after 1 January 1997, you will need a category D1 entitlement.
You will be willing to commit to regular slots on the rota between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays during term-time. You might want to volunteer for just one afternoon a week or all four, or somewhere between. It would also be great if you were able to fill in for sickness or holiday leave from time to time. (This might be at short notice, but we would try and give as much warning as possible.) Some of our volunteer drivers also like to spend time at the centre doing other general maintenance and support tasks as they come up.
Empathy and the ability to deal sensitively with people with disabilities and special needs are very important for this rewarding role. Equally the role will require an Enhanced DBS check to be completed, which if you don’t already hold we will help you gain, and satisfactory reference checks.
Why get involved?
This is an amazing opportunity to pay a real active role in an important and well used service that the Spring Centre offers and make a real positive difference to the lives of the young people and their families that use the centre. You’ll get to drive the most amazing bunch of people around enabling them to access trips out to other locations and of course the after school club and all the varied activities we do there, at the centre. You’ll meet lots of people and make some great new friends. If you are looking for a career working with children or adults living with learning or physical disabilities, this is a great way to gain some practical experience in a support environment.
We can offer reasonable expenses (in line with our expenses policy) to cover local travel if needed.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Wait for a reply from the Spring Centre.
- Customer Service
- Event Stewarding
- Maintenance and Repair
- Working independently
- Working with Children 6 - 12yrs
- Working with Young People
- Community Work
- Visitor Service/ Front of House