Volunteering – Histon & Impington Community Trishaw
The Histon and Impington Community Trishaw provides free rides thanks to its dedicated team of volunteers. If you would like to join us, we would love to hear from you. Most of our volunteers ride the trishaw, but we would welcome offers of general help if cycling is not your thing. Full training is given.
As of April 2019, we are actively recruiting, so do get in touch now.
If you are interested in being one of our riders or passenger companions, please read the ‘Roles and Responsibilities of HI Trishaw Riders/Companions‘ at the foot of this page and complete the application form via this link: Volunteer Rider/Companion Application Form
Once complete, please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about volunteers is held for the purpose of contacting them about HI Trishaw activities, and as a record of volunteering work such as activities undertaken, training undergone, special skills and special needs.
Roles and Responsibilities for Volunteer HI Trishaw Riders/Companions
The H & I Community Trishaw is a volunteer-run project created by the charity Friends of Histon and Impington Recreation [Charity No. 1100193]. The project was started in summer 2018 to offer free trishaw rides to local people experiencing limited mobility or social isolation. By December, 2018 £9k of funding was secured from National Lottery Awards for All, SCDC Community Chest, Aviva Community Fund, Histon & Impington Feast and John Lewis Community Matters. The trishaw was delivered in April, 2019 when rider/companion passenger training also began.
Registered volunteer riders notify the project co-ordinator of their availability and these time slots are advertised on an on-line booking system.
A list of registered companion passengers is also maintained who can accompany passengers in the trishaw when no friend or carer is available.
2. Description of Companion Passenger role
i. The trishaw rider has responsibility for the safety of the trishaw and passengers, and in that sense is in charge. The role of the companion is to sit with the passenger and provide companionship during the ride and assist the rider in ensuring the trip goes smoothly.
ii. You will meet the rider where the trishaw is garaged at the recreation ground, or be picked up en route to collecting the passenger. You will remain with the passenger throughout the ride and dropped off or returned to the recreation ground afterwards.
iii. The purpose of the trishaw ride is to get people out of their homes and into the world, to cheer them up and decrease their isolation. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to chat to the passengers and listen to their stories.
iv. Volunteers and the trishaw are fully insured.
v. You are not required to do any physical lifting of passengers, or to have any relationship with the passengers beyond the rides. It is important to remember that we are simply offering friendly trishaw rides; we are not carers or a befriending service. Having said that, we anticipate developing links with other services that our passengers might find helpful.
vi. You should allow a two-hour window for your shift, but some will be shorter.
vii. Once you have confirmed your availability, and been allocated a shift, you must turn up for the ride or give the project co-ordinator at least 3 days’ notice so we can find another volunteer.
viii. All volunteers must adhere to our Safeguarding policy which is designed to protect vulnerable people from harm. This involves being vigilant for signs of abuse and reporting any concerns to the project co-ordinator (see separate policy for details).
ix. You will be DBS checked prior to commencing the companion role.
We need people who are considerate, good listeners and happy to chat while accompanying vulnerable people on trishaw rides round Histon and Impington. If you are trustworthy, reliable, and can offer a regular shift per month to help isolated and less able people, this would be a great opportunity to help your community.
All trishaw companion passengers will be DBS checked.