Outings Escort

Role: Outings Escort
Responsibilities to: Project worker who organised the activity
Time commitment: Ad hoc
Location: Community based

What is the role?

Transport is essential for bringing helping our members access the services and activities that MAECare provides. This could be for a few hours or a full day out in Yorkshire. This can be at our office or in the community. We use a variety of transport to help older people including taxis, mini-buses and coaches. Our outings escort volunteers help our members to get on and off transport, providing a helping hand or pushing a wheelchair.  Some people just need someone to assist them at either end of the journey and others need support whilst on the transport – for example to remind and reassure them what they are travelling to or to check they have their keys ready on return home.

Your role will include: 

  • Being flexible to be called as needed. Sometimes we have regular escorts on the local access bus and sometimes we have one-off trips.
  • Supporting others who may be physically disabled so a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required for volunteers who will be assisting vulnerable people on and off transport.
  • Pushing a wheelchair and offer support to those who needed (full training provided).
  • Providing reassurance to members who might be confused or distressed due to memory loss or mental illness. A patient and caring nature is important.
  • Meeting a wide variety of older people so you should enjoy meeting and supporting older people, with good communication skills.
  • Be willing to attend any training as necessary
  • Be willing to work within all MAECare policies and procedures

 Benefits & support for MAECare:

  • Full induction training provided including safeguarding and dementia awareness.
  • Wheelchair use and assisting training essential for this role.
  • ID badge provided to wear whilst volunteering.
  • Expenses for travel and other agreed sundries.
  • A contact member of staff.
  • Regular contact with the charity and dedicated volunteer social events.
  • We can offer references to long-standing volunteers that have not breached our policies or code of conduct.