We at Abbeyfield Southern Oaks are planning to purchase 2 minibuses in the near future to provide access to local places of interest for our residents. These include our 30 elderly residents living in our 4 sheltered homes in Ewell, Sutton, Cheam and Purley and currently 30 (rising to 80) residents living in our new extra care facility in Ewell. 

We are looking for local volunteers to help launch a flexible service to add opportunities for our 5 groups of residents to meet and engage in social activities together.

Destinations for these trips have yet to be agreed by individual resident groups, but are likely to include local garden/retail centres, gardens and houses, e.g. Polesden Lacey and Claremont Gardens, and trips on the River Thames.

Drivers would generally join us for lunch and refreshments.

Depending on the number of volunteer drivers recruited and their availabilities we would like to operate a regular, perhaps daily service between our different locations.


What skills do I need?

You can drive a minibus as long as:

You are 21 or older

You've had your driving licence for at least 2 years

You meet the Group 2 medical standards if you're over 70. (Please check with your GP if your not sure about the standards).

Have a friendly disposition and a desire to help elderly/lonely people.

Should you not have one already, we would like you to attend a day course, which is the nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers and which will be held locally.



  • Disability
  • Older People
  • Driving
  • One Off Activity / Events

Details

When can I volunteer?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Elderly residents are usually late risers and early to bed, so most likely times for drivers would be 10:30 to 16:00. Very occasionally evening events might occur, e.g. attendance at AGM or Christmas Lights.

Location

Nonsuch Abbeyfield
Old Schools Lane
Ewell
Epsom
Surrey
KT17 1FL

The Old House
Epsom Road
Ewell
Epsom
Surrey
KT17 1JZ

82 Mulgrave Road
Sutton
Surrey
SM2 6LZ

82 York Road
Cheam
Surrey
SM2 6HJ

2 Purley Knoll
Purley
Surrey
CR8 3AE

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