Staying active and involved after retirement can be a challenge. For Robert Groom, working as a driver with Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services is a win-win solution.
“I don’t have family on the Gold Coast and live alone,” Robert said. “After I retired, I thought, ‘what am I going to do?’ I saw the Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services van on the road, took down the phone number and rang them to find out what it was all about.”
Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services offers a fleet of branded cars and buses that provide community transport solutions for people with a disability and the elderly, assisting clients to attend medical appointments, social visits and shopping trips. Relying heavily on a volunteer workforce, Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services had a role available as a driver, and Robert quickly became an integral part of the team.
After a varied career as a mattress maker, gyprock, grader driver with the Parramatta Council, cleaner and salesperson, transporting public passengers in a mini-bus was not something Robert had experience in. “I needed a DA licence (driver authorisation),” said Robert, “so I applied for that, got my medical certificate and I was ready to go.”
For Robert, the value he offers to the community is returned in the personal satisfaction he receives from his role. “What would I do if I stopped?” he said. “It keeps me active, I appreciate a day off and I can help make someone’s day better or easier.”
Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services is always 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.
Find out how you can Become a Volunteer.