I retired last year after 44 years as a solicitor, and in order to keep me from being under my wife’s feet, my thoughts turned to something completely different. Since I was a young lad I had wanted to be bus driver, and decided that now was the time to do so.
I trained become a driver of a double-decker bus, but seeing how precarious some of my training moments were, and not really wanting to work for London Transport, I decided it was not for me.
I then tried my hand at becoming a driving instructor, only to find my blood pressure rising considerably at the antics of some of my pupils! My search for a retirement role continued: I qualified and worked as a phlebotomist, however, I felt that my leanings were still towards driving. I decided to apply to be a volunteer Care Bus driver for Jewish Care.
At last I had found the right volunteer role!
I have met such fascinating people and taken them on trips to most interesting places. It is certainly the highlight of my week when I take my little bus out to give a little pleasure to our friends in the residential homes and day centres. It is really a worthwhile occupation and I would recommend it to anyone.