People in Wolverhampton with their own vehicles and a few hours to spare each day are being encouraged to join a team of volunteer drivers.

Children and Family Support Volunteers transport children and young people to and from school and adults to day services in and around Wolverhampton.

To become a Children and Family Support Volunteer, drivers must be over 21, have their own transport and will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check. All volunteers will receive reimbursement for mileage as well as child protection, safeguarding, health and safety and first aid training to enable to them to carry out this important role.

In line with standards set by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents standards, passengers are expected to travel in the back of the vehicle, so social distancing can be achieved. In order to further protect volunteers and drivers, personal protective equipment, or PPE, will be provided where appropriate.

Volunteers are usually asked for a commitment of at least 6 months but, in light of current circumstances, this has been reduced to 3 as the City of Wolverhampton Council recognises that many people may be keen to volunteer but are not currently in a position to make a long term commitment.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We have a small group of dedicated volunteer drivers who transport children to and from school and adults to and from day opportunities, but many of our volunteers are having to shield and isolate during the pandemic. 

“We would love to hear from anyone who has their own vehicle, enjoys driving and wants to give something back to the local community by joining our excellent team."

For further information, please contact Lisa Sidaway, Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 01902 556703 or by emailing