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After a varied career as a plant operator and truck driver, Bill Beedle is helping frail, elderly and disadvantaged Gold Coast locals get around town.

Mr Beedle is a volunteer driver for Volunteering Gold Coast, a growing not-for-profit organisation that provides community transport services for Home and Community Care Eligible clients.

Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services provides door-to-door pick-up services in a mini bus or station wagon and transports clients around the Gold Coast, allowing them to maintain their independence in their own homes.

Mr Beedle saw an ad for the volunteer driver position in the Gold Coast Sun and approached Volunteering Gold Coast wanting to help out in his local community.

“I first saw the ad calling for volunteer drivers in the paper and I’ve since been in the role for more than 7 years,” he said.

Volunteer drivers transport clients to medical appointments, social outings, visits with friends and family and a variety of social outings and community events.

“In my role I help clients to get to their appointment on time, assisting them to get on and off the bus and ensuring they are seated and buckled up,” Mr Beedle said.

Mr Beedle encourages others to give back to their local community through volunteering.

I’ve always enjoyed my experience as a volunteer and I strongly encourage other people to give it a go. If you’re looking to get out and about and learn new skills it’s the perfect opportunity for you.”

Volunteering Gold Coast is urgently seeking volunteer drivers to transport eligible clients around the Coast in its fleet of modern, branded cars and buses. Full training is provided. A current, clean driver’s licence is required.

To get involved, contact Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services on 07 5526 0688 or visit volunteeringgc.org.au.