I volunteer as a minibus driver for BCL. I drive the shopper buses on Mondays and Thursdays, on alternate weeks, to take groups of elderly people to Morrison’s in Beverley.

When I was made redundant last year, volunteering to drive the minibuses was the first thing I thought of doing with my spare time. I’d seen adverts and the minibuses around and about when I was working and I knew people who were already driving for the charity, so it was an easy choice to make. Volunteering with BCL gives me something to do with all the time on my hands now I’m not working. One of the main reasons I volunteer is that I’m a big kid at heart, and really like driving minibuses!

I have been a volunteer now for over eight months and I’m really enjoying it. It suits me that I can be flexible with the hours I do, and can do as much or as little as I like. It’s a good laugh taking the passengers out and about and it’s great to get to know them on a regular run like the shopper buses.

As a volunteer driver I collect the passengers from home, help them into and out of the bus safely, take them to the supermarket, drop them off for about an hour and then collect them, take them home and see them safely to their front door – I’ll even carry in their shopping bags if they can’t manage. It’s all part of the service.

The best thing about what I do is taking the elderly people out and about. They can be quite frail some of them and they don’t tend to be able to get out much. The transport we provide helps them to feel that someone cares about them, and it cheers them up to see the driver’s friendly face on a regular basis, even if it is only once a week to go food shopping. When you volunteer for BCL it brings it home that one day you could be in that situation and need assistance with transport. So it’s good that we can provide this service.

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