Volunteers are the life force of SERT and help us to provide a confidential service for cancer patients who require radiotherapy throughout the South East .
What do volunteer drivers do?
Volunteers are asked to be available to drive at least once a fortnight; however on average, volunteers drive one round trip per month, in their local area. Each trip is planned in advance with a rota in place, so they know exactly where you are going and when they need to be there. Each SERT vehicle accommodates up to five patients per trip and each journey is usually full.
A step-by-step guide to a driver volunteer's day
To start the day, you'll collect each patient from their home or preferred collection point.
Once everyone is on-board, you make your way to the Radiotherapy Unit. We transport patients to UPMC Cancer Centre at Whitfield Clinic in Waterford.
On arrival at the hospital, you can park in the designated parking space for SERT drop-offs. If needed, help each patient off the vehicle and ensure they reach the correct department.
Once patients' appointments have finished, if needed help them back on-board the vehicle and deliver them back to their home or specified drop off point.
- Hold a full clean driver’s licence.
- Proof of insurance.
- Complete the volunteer orientation day.
- Give permission to undertake a Garda clearance check.
SERT is a discreet service that respects each individual's privacy - all of our vehicles are completely unmarked and drivers do not require a uniform.
You're role as a volunteer driver will provide so much more than simply transporting patients from A to B. Many of our patients appreciate the time with others that are going through the same experiences as they are. Many patients would have great difficulty attending radiotherapy without the transport you will be providing. From our recent feedback studies the drivers, coordinators and fundraisers achieve a great sense of fulfillment from helping those who use the SERT service.
Apply to be a Volunteer Driver for SERT
Our drivers operate in Waterford City, Wexford, Kilkenny, Dungarvan, West Waterford and South Tipperary. New drivers are always welcome, however some areas have a waiting list for applicants. If you would like to get involved and help this essential, free service continue please call 087 123 0805 and ask to speak to the Hon Secretary.