Volunteer Van Driver Assistant and Furniture Collections

Supervised by:                   Logistics Supervisor
Managed by:                       Distribution Centre Manager
Volunteering hours:     8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm or 8am-4pm (Mon- Fri)

The role is to assist Prospect’s van drivers to collect and deliver furniture for resale in our charity shops and online. The role will also involve collecting and delivering goods to customer’s houses and will involve some heavy lifting.

Role responsibilities:

  • Assist with the safe un/loading of vehicles
  • Collect donated goods, stock transfers and waste for transport back to the Distribution Centre / shops
  • Assist with Furniture “View & Collect” assessments at general public’s private property for transportation to shops / Distribution Centre (heavy lifting required).
  • Ensure all paperwork is compliant (i.e. adherence to GDPR & customer’s personal data) and relevant processes / procedures are followed
  • Deliver excellent customer service to all internal / external stakeholders and customers every time
  • Promoting gift aid opportunities with customers
  • Attend a debrief after shift and to report any problems to the Logistics Supervisor
  • Ad-hoc duties in / around the Centre as required
  • Assist with leaflet distribution for volunteer recruitment if required

Personal responsibilities:

  • Puts safety first. Complies with manual handling and Health & Safety requirements to ensure own safety, and that of colleagues / general public at all times
  • Delivers excellent customer service every time
  • Displays a highly professional and caring attitude
  • Maintains Prospect’s confidentiality policy at all times
  • Informs the Logistics Supervisor of unavailability for scheduled duties, giving at least 24 hrs notice
  • Helps keep the van and Centre areas clean, neat and tidy
  • Attends meetings/in-house training sessions as required
  • Acts as an ambassador for Prospect Hospice

Volunteer Drivers:

  • Must successfully complete relevant initial and on going training / assessments within required timescales and be assessed as competent
  • Will be reimbursed for all reasonable out-of-pocket costs incurred traveling between home/work and the Hospice upon completion of the appropriate claim form

Health & Safety at Work Act:
It is the responsibility of all volunteers to ensure that the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act are complied with; safe working practices are adhered to and that hazards are observed and reported to the appropriate member of staff.

Skills, Competencies & Experience

CriteriaSkills, Competencies & Experience
Presentation/impactFriendly, Respectful & Polite – first impressions count!

Tactful when dealing with members of public

Good ambassador for Prospect

ExperienceTeam Worker
Knowledge & skillsGood communication & interpersonal skills

Knowledge of Hospice catchment area, including Swindon, Marlborough, Pewsey and outlying villages


Special aptitudeAbility to take direction & instructions from staff

Displays genuine care for others

Enjoys physical challenges & able to lift heavy items without compromising own or other’s safety

Respectful of customer’s residential homes

Uses initiative

Disposition Confidential, trustworthy & exhibits high integrity


Flexible & adaptable – open to ad-hoc emergency rota cover

Enthusiastic & energetic

Displays empathy when required

Can-do attitude

Calm under pressure


(This role description will be reviewed periodically and may be amended according to the changing requirements of the Retail function).

Download the Volunteer Van Driver role description

Van driver volunteer role description


Practical, Driving

Time Commitment


Volunteer Age

Over 18


Suitable for someone bereaved in the last 12 months

Preferred Role

Non-patient facing

Role Available

Monday - Saturday AM & PM

Apply for this role or contact our team

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    Please note you must be at least 14 to apply to volunteer at Prospect Hospice.
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  • Please supply their name, address, telephone number, email address and relationship to you.
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions Order 1975)

    The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act helps rehabilitated ex-offenders back into work by removing the need for them to declare criminal convictions after the rehabilitation period set by the Court has elapsed and the convictions become "spent". During the rehabilitation period, convictions are referred to as "unspent" convictions and must be declared to employers. Prospect Hospice undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against applicants on the basis of a criminal conviction or other information declared. If you are applying for a role involving access to persons in receipt of health services, your offer of placement may be subject to a satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Failure to reveal information relating to any convictions could lead to withdrawal of a volunteering placement. In order to protect certain vulnerable groups within society, there are a number of roles at Prospect Hospice that are exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If the role you have applied for falls within this category, it will be exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Applicants for such roles are not entitled to withhold any information about convictions or other relevant criminal record information which for other purposes are "spent" under the provisions of the Act. Any information provided will be confidential and will be considered only in relation to roles to which the Order applies. From 12 October 2009 under the terms of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006), all positions involving regulated and certain controlled activity with children and vulnerable adults and which are carried out frequently, intensively or overnight will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be advised whether the role for which you are applying is exempt.
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To Apply

To apply for this role or for further information, please contact us on 01793 816193, email us or complete the form below and a member of the team will be in touch. Thank You.

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