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Volunteer Driver (Deafblind NI)
Location Throughout Northern Ireland

To enable deafblind people to regularly access their community, services or deafblind club by providing safe, supervised, reliable transport from their home to appropriate venues. Reducing deafblind people's isolation and improving their quality of life.


  • To ensure and take charge of safely guiding the deafblind person from their home to your vehicle.
  • To ensure and supervise the deafblind person's safe entry into your vehicle and that seatbelts are used safely.
  • To provide updates on the journey progress to deafblind passengers regularly and safely, except where individuals use non-verbal forms of communication.
  • To ensure and take charge of safely guiding the deafblind person into and from the venue of their choice.
  • To carry in your vehicle a Volunteer Driver Emergency Support sheet for each deafblind passenger (these are issued by the volunteer co-ordinator).
  • To provide a regular commitment of time and provide as much notice of any absence as possible.
  • To provide regular updates of your volunteering activity to your supervisor.

Person Specification:

  • Able to regularly assist and supervise deafblind people to access their community, services or deafblind club by providing transport from and to venues and taking charge of guiding individuals from and into venues including the deafblind person's home
  • Ability to support and empower.
  • Full driving licence, preferably without endorsements. Licence held for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Ensure any health issues that could affect your ability to drive or retain a licence are notified to Deafblind NI.
  • Willing to learn communication and guiding techniques to meet the needs of the deafblind person/people (full training will be provided).
  • Willing to use own car to transport deafblind people.
  • Able to maintain your car to a minimum legal requirement and standard at all times whilst acting a volunteer driver.
  • To maintain a valid fully comprehensiave car insurance covering all passengers carried within your volunteering role and to certify this in accordance with the guidelines on driving in Deafblind UK's Volunteer handbook. (Third party insurance is legally adequate but comprehensive insurance is preferable).
  • To adhere to the requirements of Deafblind UK's volunteer policies and procedures including the Code of Conduct as outlined in the Volunteer Handbook.

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