Linda McCall – Worcester Wheels
I retired last year, after a long career in nursing. My heart always used to go out to elderly patients who didn’t have any visitors -so I decided to do something positive to help elderly people feel less isolated.
So earlier this year, I applied for the voluntary role of Passenger Assistant at Worcester Wheels, and have loved it from the word ‘go!’
We offer transport to Worcester residents who find it difficult or impossible to use other means to get out and about. They use our transport for social appointments as well as trips to the hospital, hairdressers and dentists. Worcester Wheels charges £6 for a return trip, anywhere within the city of Worcester boundaries.
I now work two days a week with Worcester Wheels, from 8.45am to 4.00pm. I assist passengers or work in the office, taking bookings over the phone.
About 35 volunteers work with Worcester Wheels in total, in a variety of roles. We are always looking for more people to help! You get full training on health and safety – including what to do if someone is taken ill on a journey.
Volunteering makes my day
Why am I doing this? I feel as though I’m giving something back. I love being with people; my job was very absorbing and I found it difficult to switch off after I retired.
I’ve picked up people who tell me they haven’t left the house for a fortnight – some of our clients are over 90. They are always so grateful for your help, and we really do have fun with them!
It’s an amazing feeling when someone tells you that you’ve made their day. But the way I see it, it’s the people I help who’ve made my day!
To find out more about Worcester Wheels or to volunteer, go to www.worcesterwheels.org.uk or call 01905 450654