Volunteer Care Bus (Minibus) Driver – Full MIDAS training with qualification given!

Jewish Care

What a great opportunity to gain a MIDAS qualification! Our volunteers ensure that our guests are able to come and socialise at the Community Centre or get out to enjoy events and activities.

Published On: 23/10/2023
About this opportunity from Jewish Care

Role Summary: This role is essential in helping Members get to and from our Southend and Westcliff Day Centre from home.

How this role makes a difference: Coming to the day centre ensures that local residents are able to socialise and feel less isolated in the community.

Our care buses are a lifeline to our clients, residents and members and enable us to transport people from one place to another. This can be to and from their home to our centres, taking groups on outings, community events, activities. The role itself includes internal and external full specialist training in partnership with accredited specialist training organisations. All volunteer drivers are accompanied by a members of Jewish Care staff at all times when driving clients.

What you’ll be doing in this role:
• Driving members, clients and residents in one of our Care Buses.
• Engage with members throughout the journey
• Ensure the clean and safe maintenance of the bus
• Basic road safety checks completed at the start of each shift ie, checking headlights, indicators and windscreen wipers
• Assisting passengers on and off the Care Bus (where required)
• Following Jewish Care safeguarding policies and reporting any concerns to an appropriate member of staff

You need

 Specialist internal and external training will be given.
 MIDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) certificate or willingness to undertake training, earning a qualification (this will be arranged by Jewish Care).
 Full clean driving license including manual transmission
 For insurance purposes you must be over 22 years old with at least 3 years driving experience
 Experience of working or volunteering with older and/or disabled people.
 Confidently engage with a diverse range of people and enjoy helping others.
 A strong understanding and of issues that affect people in later life.
 Reliability, consistency and dependability.
 Good conversational and listening skills with a clear speaking voice.
 Patience, empathy and a non-judgemental attitude.

Activity Types



Older People


An hour or so in the morning at approximately 9am and an hour or so in the afternoon from 3.30pm. Drivers are needed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Find out more

For more information about Jewish Care and this role, visit them online.

To apply for this role, visit the Volunteer Essex website to register your interest.

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