We are always looking to expand our pool of diverse and friendly volunteer drivers. A range of shifts is available, and we will be flexible and accommodating when agreeing hours. All drivers need a valid “D1” licence – this was standard for those who gained their driver’s licence before January 1st 1997.
All drivers are provided with full training and route familiarisation before driving commences. More details below, along with other volunteer opportunities.
As a volunteer driver, you will be part of a team assigned to cover a particular shift. As a rough guide, you would expect to drive during this shift once every two weeks and to be available to provide emergency cover for another team member on the same shift on one additional week per month. However, there will be some flexibility in this schedule, and we will attempt to match you with other team members who can complement your preferred schedule. This will make it possible for you to schedule holidays or other periods when you know you are not going to be available as well as providing emergency back-up if you are unexpectedly unable to fill your assigned shift.
In order to drive our minibuses, you will need a current D1 license, and we will arrange for you to complete MiDAS training free of charge. We will also provide training to ensure you are familiar with the bus route and make sure you are well-acquainted with our policies and procedures. An enhanced background check will also be required; we will arrange for this at no cost to you.
We need an ongoing fund-raising effort in order to improve our service; for example, we would like to upgrade our vehicles as soon as possible to low-emission or electric models. If you think you can help us with fundraising, please get in touch so that we can set up an introductory meeting and discuss our goals.
Ideally, our buses will always be full! The COVID experience has made some people wary of public transport, but we believe that people are ready to decrease their reliance on personal car ownership and use buses more, as long as the service fills their needs. The advantages of public transport for the environment have never been clearer; the fewer cars there are on the road, the better our air quality, and the less we are contributing to climate change. In and around a city such as Oxford, particularly, the benefits of reducing traffic congestion are self-evident. As well as attracting lots of riders, we will have advertising space available on our vehicles. If you think you can help bring riders to our services and find sponsors to use this advertising space, please get in touch so that we can arrange for you to meet the team.
If you are knowledgeable about vehicles and would be interested in helping us keep our buses in the best possible condition, this could assist in keeping our regular service costs to a minimum. Please get in touch if this sounds like something that interests you.
We need friendly people to ride along on our non-peak-hour buses to help our passengers when needed; assisting them on and off-board, carrying their shopping bags, making them comfortable, chatting, generally taking the pressure off the driver. If you have a few hours to spare and you think this volunteer role might be of interest to you, please contact us.