Meet Jonathan, the newest member of the Unity Volunteer Driver Team. Helping the Test Valley charity to provide community transport services across the Borough.
Without the Dial-A-Ride and Group Hire services, many people would struggle to access local amenities, and charities and community groups would find it more costly and difficult to undertake social and leisure activities.
Unity’s pink and silver buses and accessible cars can be seen running up and down the Valley supported by a small army of volunteers and a number of dedicated staff who go above and beyond to help those that need a little bit of assistance.
Jonathan said, “As a newly retired person seeking to find a different direction in my life, the opportunity to become a volunteer driver for Unity has really ‘opened up the road’ for me.
I look forward to my driving day each week as I really enjoy making a practical difference as well as providing the opportunity to meet a variety of interesting people. No one week is the same, yet the work is fun.
The role has given me a different perspective on life and I feel fulfilled and enriched. I know I am helping to support an essential service in reducing isolation and loneliness, joy and laughter can be found. We can also keep a gentle eye on people’s wellbeing and health, providing a wider, greater community benefit overall.
Through the Unity team, I have received comprehensive training, they are tremendously supportive, positive, people-focused and value my support.
So, if you enjoy driving, love people and want to make a difference along the way for individuals who depend upon our service then I would warmly recommend the role to you. Not only will you be welcomed and have fun, but you will also complement your own personal journey in life.
The pandemic has shown what important role volunteers have in our community, and volunteer drivers are the elite, going that extra mile. If you would like to find out about becoming a driver in the Test Valley and have a full, clean driving licence please contact Unity for more information. Full training will be given. Call 01264 356808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Through our work, friendships can be nurtured, and independence facilitated.”Jonathan Howells