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Volunteer Group

We run a Volunteers Group here at the Practice, which helps with transport to and from the Practice and hospital appointments. The members also offer a befriending service for lonely or isolated patients who would benefit from someone visiting them regularly at home or in hospital. All of the volunteers are checked against the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). We then meet with them to discuss how the Group is run and what support the Practice can offer, before they become active members.

To access the transport service, please phone the Practice on: 0117 9733790 and speak with a member of the Reception team, giving as much notice as possible for your request. A minimum of 48 hours is required to arrange transport. Please note that in some circumstances it may not be possible to fulfill requests. A voluntary contribution is usually made to the driver, depending on what is appropriate to the length and time of the journey. Most of the drivers will have a discretionary box on their dashboards for this. We suggest that a minimum donation of £2 for a local journey is sufficient.

The befriending service can also be requested via the Reception Team. An initial visit will be arranged and then it is up to the volunteer and patient as to how often it is appropriate to meet and what activities they choose to do. From past experience, a weekly visit seems to work well. If you would like to find out more information about this service then please ring us or ask at Reception.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and would like more information, please ask at Reception. 







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