Volunteering on the Bus
Are you someone who likes to make a difference?
Are you a good listener?
Would you like to put something back?
The SOS Bus could be the challenge you have been looking for...
The West Suffolk SOS Bus project is running a service in Newmarket on Saturday nights between 9:00pm and 3:00am. Parked up on the wide paved area outside the town's main Post Office, The Bus will remain static for the duration of each shift. Each shift will have 3 to 5 Shift Volunteers working as part of a team that will staff the Bus. The Shift Volunteers will be managed on the Bus by a Shift Manager.
- Shift Volunteers Volunteers do not need to have any specific experience, just the desire to work within a team to deal with a wide range of differing and sometimes challenging issues associated with the night time economy in our communities.
- SOS Bus Drivers Drivers will have the same role as a Shift Volunteer on the SOS Bus, but will also drive the Bus to and from the town centre location at the beginning and end of each shift. Drivers may also be required to drive the Bus during week days [e.g. for servicing, events, or when the Bus is used in other community based roles].
Applying to volunteer
If you would like to apply as a volunteer please contact Newmarket Open Door for an application form. All applications are gratefully received by the Newmarket based organisation, who manage all volunteering aspects of the project and can help with further information and enquiries:
The SOS Bus layout
The majority of people coming onto the Bus for support can be assessed in the seating area by Shift Volunteers. Training is provided to all Volunteers to support people experiencing issues such as emotional distress, social isolation, relationship breakdowns, and the inability to get home. Shift Volunteers need to be at least 21 years of age.
The medical area at the rear of the Bus is fully equiped and designed to deal with issues including injury, illness and intoxication.