Become a tea party driver

Our tea party drivers are a vital part of the Re-engage team.

Tea parties provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated. Drivers take older people to the parties and stay with them to enjoy the get-together. Over time, drivers and older guests get to know each other well and together you will spend many hours full of fun, laughter, and stories.

As a tea party driver, you liaise with your group coordinator and take older guests to and from the tea parties each month. Staying at the tea party is part of your role, so it’s much more than being a driver.

You will need to have a full, clean, driving license, and either a DBS (in England and Wales) or PVG (in Scotland). You will also need to check that you are covered by your regular motor insurance policy to do this role.

Tasks include:

  • Driving one to two older guests using your own car to a tea party venue and returning them home again after the event .
  • Staying at the tea party to help with conversation and serve refreshments.
  • Liaising with the group coordinator to confirm which older guests you will pick up.
  • Informing the group coordinator of any safeguarding concerns or issues you might have.
  • Following all guidance in your driver training modules to ensure that the tea parties are enjoyable, appropriate, and in line with our charitable aims.
  • Completing a driver declaration before your first tea party and on an annual basis. The declaration is to confirm you will adhere to Re-engage's policies and procedures and that you have completed the relevant training provided for your role.

Could you be our next tea party driver recruit?

This is a flexible, voluntary role that can easily be fitted in around your own lifestyle and availability. As a tea party driver, you will be responsible for picking up one or two older guests from their homes usually on a Sunday afternoon once a month. You will drive them to either a host's home or a community venue for an afternoon get-together to socialise and enjoy some refreshments. The parties last around two hours after which you drive them home again.

Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer as a driver.

As one of our valued volunteer drivers, you will receive training from Re-engage, and support and regular communications from your group coordinator. This is a fulfilling and enjoyable role which will enable you to gain valuable experience with a national charity and, most importantly, connect with lonely older people and make a real and lasting difference to their lives.

We are looking for volunteer drivers with the following skills and attributes:

  • Organised
  • Good conversational skills
  • Considerate driving ability
  • Ability to navigate to new addresses
  • A friendly, and empathetic approach
  • Patience and understanding of supporting older people
  • Basic computer literacy (including the ability to use emails)

If this sounds like you, then please use our online application form and get in touch.

Many people enjoy volunteering for more than one role, feeling more involved and connected to others. Please have a look at our other volunteering roles to see what other opportunities we have available.

Re-engage is a charity that's positive about older age and committed to fighting loneliness so that people can have social lives and friendship however old they are.  We inspire and enable meaningful connections and shared experiences within communities across the UK for older people facing loneliness and social isolation.  

Our staff and volunteers work together to create better communities and help to enrich the lives of our members by giving them something to look forward to. Older people who may have felt very alone, now feel valued as individuals, continue to form friendships, and have support. We make sure that people know they are important well into old age. Respectful, determined, warm, pioneering, and local: we are Re-engage and we are bringing generations together.

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020 7240 0630