Volunteering Together Travel Buddy

Grace Eyre Foundation

Register your Interest

Grace Eyre is seeking motivated and enthusiastic ‘Volunteering Together’ Travel Buddies.  The aim of the project is to support a service user to volunteer themselves at a placement, but to also learn how to travel safely within the local community. This will be done along with another volunteer, making it a group activity of 2 volunteers and 2 service users. People with a learning disability can find it difficult to travel around their communities and are often reliant on using minibuses or getting lifts. This can significantly restrict their life choices. The Travel Buddy Scheme aims to break down these barriers, thereby increasing opportunities and independence. The scheme runs travel training courses and provides volunteer travel buddies to support people to learn new journeys.

Some examples of what you will be expected to do:

  • Helping trainees with reading and writing
  • Supporting and encouraging people to engage in activities
  • Supporting people to focus their attention on the session
  • Encouraging service users to take part in group discussions.
  • Assisting staff with preparing room and materials for session
  • Keeping group together on journeys
  • Helping with evaluation
  • Supporting people with their mobility.
  • Being there to listen and interact with people.

   Supporting on journeys:

  • Giving guidance/advice where needed
  • Stepping back to promote maximum independence/self-reliance
  • Being attentive to potential difficulties/dangers
  • Giving emotional support/reassurance
  • Taking part in activities the trainee is travelling to do
  • Filling out travel diaries
  • Having a phone to communicate with Travel Buddy staff or carers
  • Raising any concerns about trainees with Travel Buddy staff


Some basic principles:

  • Promote the independence of service users while protecting them as far as possible from danger or harm.
  • Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control.
  • Support people with the same level of respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family.

Skills and experience needed:

  • Previous experience working with people with learning disabilities is not necessary but very welcome
  • Lots of patience and an interest in the session subject matter.
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, friendliness and a willingness to get involved
  • Being a good team player


  1.  Supporting people with learning disabilities
  2.  Meet new people
  3.  Empowering vulnerable people

Practical Considerations

Practical considerations:

Ideally, to enable stability and consistency, a 12 week minimum commitment is recommended due to the nature of the project. A volunteer who is able to join the session all day can enjoy lunch on us in the cafe. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid.

When do I need to be available?

Start Date 23/05/2019
End Date 01/01/2020
Details Dates and time negotiated with the project to suit all participants.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

36 Montefiore Rd

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Travel costs will be reimbursed.
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Support on Offer
    yes, regular supervision, development plans.
  • Training
    E-learning, group training, induction training.