As and when vacancies arise in ESRTP they are mostly for minibus drivers and passenger assistants for our Buses 4U services.
When there are no vacancies shown, we are happy to receive applications for part-time minibus drivers and passenger assistants and will consider them as and when vacancies arise.
It is esential that you have D1 on your driving licence, either by virtue of passing your car driving test before 1997 or by passing a D1 test from 1997 onwards. Successful applicants will be given MiDAS training in respect of driving the minibuses and safely securing and transporting people with disabilities.
Duties include morning and afternoon runs to and from day centres and schools as well as educational trips on behalf of schools or excursions to places of interest, shopping centres or pub lunches for elderly people during the middle part of the day.
Applications must be made by downloading,completing and returning the application form to us at the address given on the form.
Passenger Assistants provide care and support for passengers with particular needs whilst travelling on the minibuses. Successful applicants will be given PATS training as appropriate.
What sort of people are we looking for?
We are looking for people with a caring and patient nature. All potential employees will be subject to an enhanced CRB check and will need to meet Surrey County Council's requirements for the issue of Blue or Red Badges for drivers and passenger assistants.
What is MiDAS?
MiDAS is the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme, organised by the Community Transport Association (CTA) which promotes a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. It is a membership based scheme that has been designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses.
Who is it aimed at?
MiDAS is applicable to any organisation operating or using minibuses. Member organisations range from small voluntary organisations operating one vehicle, to local authorities operating large fleets of minibuses as well as schools, colleges and universities.
How does MiDAS work?
MiDAS operates on a "cascade" approach. CTA has appointed a number of training agents, who provide training for minibus Driver Assessor/Trainers (DAT's) nominated from member organisations. A DAT can then assess the competence of other minibus drivers, and provide them with training on how to safely use a minibus.
What's included in a Training Course?
The course for a standard minibus includes a minibus driving assessment followed by "classroom based" safety training in a number of areas:
For drivers of fully accessible minibuses, there is an additional classroom and practical session dealing with:
For further information MiDAS & PATS courses run by ESRTP, a PDF of our leaflet can be downloaded here:
Please Note: We only run MiDAS and PATS courses for organisations based in the eastern boroughs and districts of Surrey, principally Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead and Tandridge. For courses in other parts of Surrey, please contact the nearest of the following Community Transport organisations:
West & Mid-Surrey
Woking Community Transport (Woking Bustler)
Driver Assessor Trainers & PATS Trainers
If your organisation is looking to train a large number of drivers or passenger assistants you may find it more economic to train a member of your own staff to deliver the training in house. The Community Transport Association website has a list of MiDAS Training Agencies that train trainers:
This training is designed for anyone who is responsible for the care or supervision of passengers travelling by road - in cars, taxis, minicabs, minibuses or large buses. This could be as a non-driving passenger assistant or as a driver/passenger assistant. It is relevant to both volunteers and paid staff.
The objectives of PATS are that passenger assistants will:
The Benefits of PATS
PATS will help passenger assistants:
Community/voluntary transport schemes provide essential services to people who either cannot use conventional forms of public/private transport or do not have access to it. For many people this provides the only opportunity of getting out, doing shopping, visiting friends or relatives, or enjoying leisure activities that most of us take for granted.
Without drivers and other volunteers these transport services cannot exist. If you or someone you know is interested in being a driver or can help in another capacity such as book-keeping or staffing a telephone line please contact the ESRTP or the scheme directly. Opportunities exist throughout the county.
Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, meet new friends and to give your support to your community. Community transport is just one of the areas in which you can volunteer. For more information on volunteering and to find out about other opportunities please contact the following organisations:
Alternatively, there are various Voluntary Service Centres in the local authority areas covered by ESRTP:
Elmbridge Voluntary Action Elmbridge
Epsom & Ewell Central Surrey Council for Voluntary Service
Mole Valley Central Surrey Council for Voluntary Service
Reigate & Banstead R & B Council of Voluntary Services
Tandridge Tandridge Voluntary Service Council
Voluntary Car Schemes
Surrey Community Action is an independent registered charity working with Surrey communities to strengthen voluntary action.
Its mission is to work with communities to enhance the quality of life for people in Surrey by promoting, supporting and strengthening voluntary action.
If you live in an isolated area it can take over 30 minutes to reach the nearest doctor's surgery or shop by public transport. Communities can help by setting up volunteer car schemes to help with transport (for example) to a medical appointment, to get some shopping or a prescription. Surrey Community Action advises over 100 car schemes and can help you find one in your area.
Surrey Community Action also helps train volunteer drivers on Volunteer Car Driver Training Courses, which include:
For more information
on Volunteer Car Schemes or Volunteer Car Driver Training and Surrey Community
Action please see the
Surrey Community Action website
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