Ambulance Car Service
Ambulance Car Service Drivers (ACS) are volunteers who use their own vehicles to help with the transportation of patients to and from hospitals and clinics, thereby leaving ambulances free for emergencies and for patients too ill to travel by car. We currently have over 150 volunteers helping out throughout the North East.
Volunteers are not paid for their time, however they do receive out of pocket expenses for thier mileage.
The basic criteria you need to be considered as a volunteer driver are
- Physically and mentally fit.
- Be of good character and provide at least one character reference.
- Contactable by telephone and preferably possess a mobile phone.
- Ideally possess a full clean driving licence.
- Possess a suitable vehicle.
- Comply with the DVLA Group 2 driving regulations
- Undergo a CRB check
More information is available here
We are currently looking for any Ambulance Car Service volunteers in the Teesside, Darlington, Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees areas.
To download an application form, please click here.
Unfortunately we are not currently recruiting in other areas at the moment.
If you are interested in volunteering, please look at our other volunteering opportunities or keep checking this page for updates.
Being a volunteer can be very rewarding.
Jane, a volunteer in the Newcastle area said
She said: "I love being an ambulance car service driver; I feel like I am helping my local community and the Ambulance Service at the same time. It has also given me the opportunity to meet lots of lovely people and travel to new places that I haven't been to before."
Janice, from Bedlington, is a carer for an elderly lady and in her spare time she volunteers as an ACS driver.
“The people that I meet make me happy because they are so grateful that someone is using their own time to help them, transporting them to and from appointments," she said. "I have met some amazing people over the years. The job is very emotional sometimes but I take a feeling of satisfaction from helping other people.”
Some of our volunteers have enjoyed it so much they have stayed with us for over 10 years, others have gone on to get permanent jobs within the NHS.
Paul was one of those drivers who gained full time employment with North East Ambulance Service.
He said: "I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of being a volunteer driver, it gave me a chance to experience the ambulance service first hand. If the opportunity of a full time job hadn't come along I would have quite happily stayed as a volunteer until I retired."