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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Volunteer Drivers

Do you love to drive? Do you want to help older people stay healthy and independent at home? YES! Then this is a great volunteering opportunity for you.

Our trusted, reliable and friendly volunteers provide a vital weekly food shopping service which helps older people stay healthy and independent at home.
Volunteer Drivers normally dedicate one day a week to Food Train with a minimum time commitment of between four and five hours starting around 9.30am and finishing around 14:30pm.
On Mondays our Volunteer Drivers collect shopping lists from our customers. This involves going to customers’ homes accompanied by a Volunteer Helper, checking shopping lists are correct and clearly written and in some cases writing lists for customers.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Volunteer Drivers deliver shopping around the Galashiels, Hawick and Selkirk areas accompanied by a Volunteer Helper. Shopping is collected from Tesco or Asda in Galashiels already boxed and is delivered in a dedicated Food Train van to each customers’ home where it is unpacked, checked and put away if required.
We provide a van for deliveries and all equipment to support this activity.
This social and active post will help keep you fit and active whilst providing an invaluable service to the local community.

Experience required

A full driving licence and PVG check is required, along with enthusiasm, commitment plus a friendly, approachable manner and knowledge of the local area.
You need to have a good level of spoken and written English to be able to understand customers' requirements / shopping lists.

Travel details

Food Train Office, 48 Overhaugh Street, Galashiels, visiting Asda supermarket in Galashiels town centre and customer homes in the Galashiels, Selkirk and Hawick areas.

Travel expenses

Travel to and from the Galashiels office will be reimbursed at 45p per mile or public transport costs reimbursed.

Training details

We will arrange for you to be trained by one of our experienced Drivers or a member of the Food Train team. You can see what it involves and decide if you would like to support this activity.

Taster available

Minimum age: 17

Frequency & commitment
Minimum commitment of 6 months.

Volunteers (aged 17-25) taking part in this opportunity are eligible to claim Saltire Awards hours for their activity.
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