South Yorkshire: Ambulance service is need of volunteers

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Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) is looking for additional people for its Volunteer Car Service.

The scheme clocked up over 500,000 miles last year, helping patients to reach their vital hospital appointments across the region.

Volunteer Car Service drivers volunteer when they have free time to collect and drive patients to important outpatient and clinic appointments.

Over 80 drivers currently donate their time to the scheme, covering over 20,000 journeys each month, but there is no minimum time requirement to get involved.

Jo Halliwell, associate director of the Patient Transport Service at YAS, said: “Our Volunteer Car Service drivers offer a valuable service to the trust, supporting the wider work of our non-emergency Patient Transport Service and helping eligible patients to get to and from essential medical appointments.”

“The scheme offers the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, face new challenges and gain experience volunteering in the NHS.”

“Many of our volunteers have made lifelong friends through their work at the Trust.”

For more information visit www.yas.nhs.uk/Volunteering or call 01924 584019.