The Jumbulance Trust offers fun, social charity volunteer holidays and rewarding experiences for anyone wishing to help disabled or seriously ill people take a day trip or accessible holiday – previously off limits due to a lack of suitable transport facilities and accompanying specialist support.
Our volunteers help take hundreds of disabled people and those with life-limiting conditions to destinations in the UK and Europe on Jumbulance accessible coaches, every year.
Regional groups, disabled community groups, schools, care homes and hospices around the UK and Ireland travel with us on the Jumbulance all over England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Europe, including trips to Disneyland® Paris, Lourdes and WOMAD festival.
Volunteer holidays on Jumbulance accessible coaches open doors for our VIPs (Very Important Persons) and gives them the opportunity to look ahead, do something different, make friends and have fun with other like-minded people.
Volunteer holiday work with Jumbulance
You don’t need any particular charity volunteering experience to help on a Jumbulance trip. All groups travel with a medical team and experienced helpers, who will be able to advise you. Volunteers often help with everything from getting wheelchairs or trolleybeds on and off the Jumbulances, to helping with aspects of the daily needs and care of disabled travellers. You will never be asked to do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing.
You will make a real difference to some of the most disadvantaged in our society.
Volunteer holidays on a Jumbulance trip can be hard work and incredibly rewarding.
A Jumbulance holiday involves a lot of fun and laughter throughout!
Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and all walks of life; if you’re compassionate, willing to care for others and have the ability to act on what you are seeing, we’d like to hear from you.
Volunteers do contribute towards their costs. Rarely do any have regrets and many become addicted to joining the annual holiday with a Jumbulance group!
We are confident that volunteer holidays with us will prove to be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime. It’s a great addition to your CV too.
Click here to join our volunteering community and become a volunteer with Jumbulance.
Why Volunteer with Jumbulance
“I became involved as a volunteer nurse for the Jumbulances in the 1980’s and from my first pilgrimage to Lourdes I knew this was something special. I have travelled every year since, sometimes doing multiple trips each year and have never lost that enthusiasm and admiration for the high level of care given by all the volunteers. We open the doors again for sick and disabled people (VIPs) who feel there are no more options for them and this can be liberating for them and their families who need respite from caring almost as much as the VIPs need a real holiday. It really does make such a difference.
I’ve seen people who have never been abroad, never stayed in a hotel, never swam in the sea and suddenly they are transported out of the confines of their four walls and into a new world with new friendships and rekindling of their interest in life.
The wonderful 24/7 care they receive from our volunteer helpers and nurses is impressive. Where needed there will also be a doctor so we can cater for people with quite complex needs.
It is not about being altruistic it is about having fun and meeting people. At the end of every trip I know why I will return again – exhausted yes but also humbled and my life back in perspective. They are some of the happiest weeks of my life and the most meaningful.
Don’t just think about it, come and join us.”
Chris Chisholm, Group Leader, Hampshire & Berkshire Jumbulance Group