Volunteer Driver – St Columba’s Hospice Palliative Care, Edinburgh

Volunteer Driver


Volunteer Role


Role description

The aim of St Columba’s Hospice Care is to give everyone within our community access to specialist palliative care, whoever they are, wherever they are, and whenever they need it. At the heart of this is a commitment to try to support individuals and families in a way that best suits them, in the place of their choosing, and in a way that helps them make the most of the time they have together. 
Accessibility to services is a key part of the achievement of this aim. Our Volunteer Drivers support access to the Hospice by providing a transport service for patients to enable them to attend classes in the Hospice and in the community that support their wellbeing, and enable them to access Complementary Therapy appointments.  
Hospice staff and volunteers are expected to reflect our Hospice Values in the way they carry out their roles, and in their interactions with each other and with patients, family members and any other visitors.  

Our Values are: Care and Compassion, Respect, Trust and Partnership.

What will I be doing/involved in?

  • Using your own vehicle to transport patients from their home to the Hospice or community site to enable them to attend a wellbeing session or outpatient appointments 
  • Transporting patients back to their home 

What experience or skills do I need?

  • Enjoy driving with a clean driving licence 
  • Friendly, warm personality 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Calm and unflappable 
  • An understanding of mobility issues 
  • An understanding of boundaries and confidentiality 
  • Fit and able to move/ lift/ store a wheelchair, for example 

Time commitment and duration

One morning or afternoon each week, or fortnightly.  
The role will be reviewed on a yearly basis.  

Where will I be based?

St. Columba’s Hospice, 15 Boswall Road, Edinburgh and the Education Centre, 17 Boswall Road, Edinburgh

Who will be supporting me?

The Wellbeing Team Lead and the clinical admin team

Who else will support me?

Volunteer Services

Recruitment checks

  • Interview with Volunteer Services Manager 
  • Application Form 
  • Two references  
  • PVG Disclosure 
  • Clean driving licence 
  • Insurance 
  • MOT 
  • Health Declaration Form  


  • Hospice Volunteer Induction Programme 
  • Hospice Orientation  
  • Team / role induction and training  
  • Team meetings (if/as necessary) 

 Additional Information

  • Hospice Chaplains are always available to support volunteers   
  • Volunteers may claim mileage for this role. Please speak to your manager about this.  
  • The Hospice provides complimentary tea and coffee to all volunteers, staff, patients and families as part of the hospitality strategy.  
  • If you volunteer for a full day at the Hospice, you can claim a free meal from the staff café or Iona Café. Please speak to your manager about this. 

 You can apply online here, or email volunteer@stcolumbashospice.org.uk for more information.

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Find out more

Go to our Volunteer page to find out more about volunteering at the Hospice.