Newbury Volunteer Driver and Car Scheme

Monday – Friday 10am-1pm  01635 49004
1 Bolton Place RG14 1AJ

What is the Newbury Volunteer Driver and Car Scheme?

The Newbury Volunteer Driver and Car Scheme provide transportation for people who find it difficult to use public transport. This may be because you are elderly, but we also provide a service to permanently or temporarily disabled people and to children and families.

We offer the service for regular journeys – going to clubs or out-patient treatment, for example – and also for one-off visits such as to the doctor’s surgery or shops.

How much does it cost?

We request that you pay a mileage-related contribution to reimburse the driver for his petrol and running costs. The drivers do not receive any payment for their time which is donated voluntarily. Local journeys are £8, other destination costs will be discussed at the time of your booking. 

How much notice do I need to give?

We ask you to give at least 3 – 4 days notice prior to a journey, to allow us to find a driver who has the necessary time available. In the case of long-distance journeys we prefer at least a week’s notice. It is never too early to book a journey with us, the more time we have the easier it is for us to find a volunteer driver. 

In exceptional circumstances we may be able to find a driver at shorter notice, but we cannot guarantee this.

And how do I use the service?

If you live outside of Newbury there are other schemes supporting your area. 

1 – Lambourn Valley Volunteer Group

Contact: Jane McCarthy, Gordon House, High Street, Lambourn, RG17 8XL

Tel: (01488) 71536

Open: Monday and Thursday 10am – 12noon

Areas Covered: Lambourn, Eastbury, Great Shefford, East Garston, Shefford Woodlands, Woodlands St. Mary & vicinity


Contact: Jeanette Kersy, Unit 9, Kennet House,19 High Street, Hungerford RG17 0NL

Tel: 01488 683727


Open: Monday to Friday 9am – 11am

Areas Covered: Hungerford Surgery Area and distric

3 – Kintbury Volunteer Centre

Contact: 2 Thatchers Yard, Church Street, Kintbury RG17 9TR

Tel: (01488) 657119

Open: Monday to Friday 9am – 11am

Areas Covered: Kintbury, West Woodhay, Inkpen, Stockcross and Wickham

4 – Volunteer Centre West Berkshire (Newbury Community Car Scheme)

Contact: Garry Poulson, 1 Bolton Place, Newbury RG14 1QL

Tel: (01635) 49004

Open: Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm

Areas Covered: Newbury, Shaw, Speen, Donnington, Greenham

5 – Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust (Transport for cancer patients only)

Contact: Deanwood Park Golf Club, Baydon Road, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8JP

Tel: 07717 783811 (this number for transport only)

Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm

Areas Covered: Newbury and District

6 – Thatcham Volunteer Bureau

Contact: David Whiddett, Flat 20 Gilbert Court, Bath Road, Thatcham RG18 3AG

Tel: (01635) 862306

Open: Monday to Friday 10am – Noon

Areas Covered: Thatcham and District, Cold Ash, Cookham and vicinity

7 – Downland Volunteer Group

Contact: The Surgery, High Street, Compton, Newbury RG20 6NJ

Tel: (01635) 578394

Open: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 11.30am

Areas Covered: Aldworth, Ashampstead, Beedon, Boxford, Brightwalton, Chaddleworth, Chieveley, Compton, Curridge, East Ilsley, Fawley, Farnborough, Frilsham, Hampstead Norreys, Hermitage, Leckhampstead, Peasemore

8 – Chapel Row Community Service Group

Contact: Georgina Cardy, Chapel Row

Tel: (01189) 713334

Open: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9.30am – 11.30am

Areas Covered: Bucklebury, Woolhampton, Midgham, Lower Padworth, Brimpton and Beenham

9 – Standby Volunteer Group

Contact: Marion or Peter Moulder, Theale Medical Centre, Englefield Road, Theale, RG7 5AS

Tel: (01189) 306419

Open: Monday and Wednesday 10am – 12noon

Areas Covered: Bradfield, Theale, Stanford Dingley, Englefield and Calcot

10 – Pangbourne & District Volunteer Centre

Contact: Margaret Palling, The Village Hall, Station Road, Pangbourne RG8 7DY

Tel: (01189) 844586

Open: Monday, Wednesday to Friday 9.30am – 11.30am

Areas Covered: Pangbourne, Basildon, Ashampstead, Tidmarsh & Sulham, Whitchurch & Whitchurch Hill, Purley and Tilehurst (Denefield Ward only)

11 – Burghfield & Mortimer Volunteer Bureau

Contact: Gilbert Bedford, c/o The Post Office, Recreation Rd, Burghfield Common, Reading RG7 3EN

Tel: (01189) 831814


Open: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 11.30am

Areas Covered: Burghfield and Mortimer, Sulhamstead, Ufton, Silchester and surrounding area