Current Vacancies

HcL are looking for 3 new Trustees to join our Board.

There is no doubt that being a trustee is one of the powerful ways in which you can contribute to your local community or to a cause you really care about. As a trustee at HcL, you will play an integral part in shaping our sector and in ensuring that HcL adheres closely to our 5 year Strategy in the interests of its beneficiaries, supporting members to provide accessible and inclusive transport to the community. This is an opportunity to bring your experience insight on the unique issues facing community transport organisations in the Lothians area to the fore.

Experience Required: commitment to the values of HcL, we are interested in volunteers with relevant experience in transport across the UK, human resources and the legal framework in which we operate, but equally we are keen to talk to people who can bring their lived experience to the charity. Trustees should also have time available to support with scrutinising and approving papers, support risk management and be able to use their expertise to support the new 5-year strategy for HcL.

For a chat about the role and nomination process, please contact Kelvin Cochrane, Chief Executive, on 0131 447 9953 or at

Job description

VACANCY 24/05 May 2024

Relief Driver Bilston Glen - 30 hours per week on average

HcL is a major Scottish Charity based in the Lothians. The organisation was set up in November 1982 to operate a transport service for people with a range of disabilities and health needs who are unable, or have great difficulty, in using public transport.

HcL receives most of its funding from The City of Edinburgh Council, Midlothian Council, East Lothian Council, West Lothian Council and Scottish Government to provide:

Dial-A-Ride: a door-through-door transport service

Dial-A-Bus: a semi-scheduled door-through-door shopping service

Community Bus: Community Bus Partnership with West Lothian Council

Our services cover Edinburgh and the Lothians, operating from our two local bases. We also respond to requests for journeys nationally on an availability basis.

Currently there are 22 minibuses (Dial-A-Ride) 6 midibuses (Dial-A-Bus) and 2 (Community Buses) in the fleet which have been specially adapted to carry wheelchair users and ambulant passengers.


Edinburgh, East & Midlothian District Office is located at 24/3a Dryden Road, Bilston Glen Industrial Estate, EH20 9HX, with 19 vehicles and 27 members of staff.


To the Operations Manager.


To drive HcL vehicles as required.

To provide any necessary assistance for passengers before, during, or after travel, consistent with their transport needs.

To utilise the equipment provided correctly to ensure passengers travel safely and comfortably.

Taking responsibility for the daily upkeep of their vehicle and equipment (and other vehicles when required), including basic maintenance and cleanliness. Defect reporting is required.

The completion of necessary paperwork and administration, including fares collection from passengers and delivery of fares and drivers sheets to the office.

To undertake any induction and in-service training programme as required.

To assist in training for other staff and volunteer drivers/escorts when required.

Contact by mobile phone is required.


To undertake other duties as required, including overtime cover.


Candidates must be over 21 years of age and hold a full driving licence with up to a maximum of 3 points for at least two years with a minimum D1 entitlement.

Good communication skills are essential.

Candidates will be required to be a member of Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme paid for by the Company where required.


The candidate will have to complete a driving assessment and if successful complete MIDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) training. Other training includes first aid, manual handling and disability awareness.


As laid out in HcL Employee Handbook.


Pay Scale - point 18 currently 12 per hour. (The posts averages 30 hours per week with overtime available).


Ongoing employment is dependent on funding from local Councils who presently provide the bulk of funding for HcL. There is a six month probationary period. Statutory notice periods apply.


Time will be made available for induction, training and staff meetings.

Full uniform will be provided.

30 days pro-rata paid holiday plus 6 statutory per year pro rata.

Access to Peoples Pension/Lothian Pension with employer contributions up to 17.8%.

Overtime working will be required as necessary up to statutory maximum.


Unite the Union is recognised as the relevant union for voluntary membership.


Application should be made on the form provided, you are welcome to attach a current CV if available.

HcL strives to be an equal opportunities employer and will prevent discrimination, particularly on the grounds of sex, marital status, disability, race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, age or ethnic origin.

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Send applications to:

Robert Hutson

Operations Manager


24/3a Dryden Road

Bilston Glen Industrial Estate


EH20 9HX

Tel: 0131 447 9953


Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: 12.00 per hour

Expected hours: 30 per week


  • On-site parking

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • English not required


  • 10 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift
  • Overtime
  • Weekend availability


  • driving: 2 years (required)


  • PCV licence (preferred)
  • driving licence (required)
  • Category D1 Licence (required)

Work Location: On the road

Job description