We are looking for volunteer drivers across Somerset to provide transport for those in our communities who need it.

We currently provide transport for eligible non-emergency NHS patients and social care users. Demand for this service is growing due to Somerset’s ageing population, so more volunteers are needed.

Volunteer driving is a great opportunity to help others, meet new people, improve your CV and provide a vital lifeline in your community.

Meet a Volunteer

Richard is 68 and a retired sales rep and former milkman from Butleigh, near Glastonbury.

He has been a volunteer driver for 12 years now, and is one of our star volunteers, covering anywhere between 750 and 1,000 miles during the week.

What Richard says

“The best thing about volunteer driving is the freedom. I need something to keep me busy and this gets me out of the house. The hours are very flexible, so I can pick and choose when I want to work and how many hours I do each week. Volunteer driving is very rewarding. I enjoy driving anyway, but I particularly like to meet different people from all walks of life. Most of all, it’s a chance for me to help those who are less fortunate than me. It’s nice to be able to put something back in and make a difference.”

What you need to know

  • You will need to use of your own car and can claim mileage expenses up to 50p a mile.
  • You need to hold a current full driving licence with no more than 6 points.
  • You have to be over 18 years old and be able to work within Somerset County Council’s policies and procedures – these will be given to you as part of your volunteer induction.
  • You have to adhere to work boundaries that are in place for everyone’s safety and wellbeing.
  • All Somerset County Council volunteers are required to complete a DBS check – we will assist you with this process.

To be a volunteer you need to complete an application – click below.