People 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.

They include Eileen McKen, a former teacher who took up the role in retirement so that she could continue to support vulnerable children.

She said: "Throughout my adult life I have worked with children and have a strong commitment to their health and wellbeing.

"I heard about the chance to become a volunteer driver, which fitted in nicely with my other voluntary and personal commitments. In fact, it helped me to get up in the mornings and get more out of my day.

"It's a really enjoyable job and a great way to start the day; I enjoy getting to know the children and seeing their confidence build, and we have great fun playing games on our journey, including I Spy. I also have a wider music repertoire through listening to different music stations while in the car."

To become a Children and Family Support Volunteer, drivers must have their own transport and will be required to undergo a DBS check. They 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.

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 we are always on the lookout for more. 

“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