Helping patients and families access hospice care and support
North Devon Hospice covers 800 square miles of rural Devon. This means volunteer drivers are essential in helping patients and families access our services, both at our main hospice site in Barnstaple, and at The Long House. our outreach centre in Holsworthy.
Our drivers provide transport for people who wouldn't otherwise be able to access our care and support services, such as complementary therapies, group sessions or counselling appointments. There are various practical reasons why someone might need help with transport, not having access to a car or the rurality of the area making public transport unfeasible, but it may also be necessary because someone needs support along their journey or assistance in transporting oxygen or walking aids. Everyone's needs are specific to the individual and their personal circumstances.
Volunteer drivers provide a safe, reliable and vital service to out patients and families, but above all they offer a friendly face and a listening ear. Even the journeys to and from the hospice can be extremely beneficial as it is a chance for people to have a change of scenery. Our drivers will always go the extra mile!
Cyril, a volunteer driver and gardener
Cyril volunteers as a gardener and also drives patients from their home to appointments at the hospice.