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In West Berkshire we are lucky to have 11 Volunteer Car Schemes, each of them serving its community by engaging local people with the detailed knowledge of every corner of West Berkshire.

What all of the car schemes have in common is a desire to help those people who are unable to use public transport to get to appointments of all kinds, such as to the doctors, clinics, opticians, dentists, hospitals, day centres, visiting a friend or loved one, or just to get out to do a bit of shopping. Each of the volunteer car schemes listed here has a band of merry volunteer office workers and volunteer drivers, all ready willing and able to help members of their community. Each of the offices has its own operating times and days which are based on their knowledge of the needs of that particular community. They are all located in the heart of their community and they are all set up as charities or community groups with management committees of their own.

Volunteer Drivers are always required to be able to meet the needs of their village, town or hamlet. If you are reading this and thinking - what is it that these drivers do? ? well, read on to see if you too could make a really valuable contribution by becoming a Volunteer Driver in your area. Here are a few examples of the questions that you may have before you would agree to becoming a volunteer driver. You might have other questions, and no doubt your nearest car scheme will be happy to answer them.
 

For more information please read the step by step guide to volunteer driving for the Newbury Community Car Scheme. Other schemes may have slightly differing policies.

 

The Volunteer Centre has around 60 drivers on our books at any time. Brian Phillips is one of them and he writes here ...

I started driving for the Volunteer Centre 13 years ago. Having retired, I was looking for an opportunity to use some spare time constructively, and driving for VCWB is just that. It is flexible - days to suit me, local or long distance. I meet people - a complete cross section of the Newbury community, both young and old. And I never fail to be impressed by the fortitude and resilience of those less fortunate than myself, and of the stories they have to tell! It is rewarding: sometimes I am the first person a client has spoken to in a week or more, and frequently our journey to hospital is the first time they have been outside the house for several weeks! I get instant feedback on my performance; people really do appreciate what we do for them, and it is good to know that a little effort on my part can make such a big difference to someone’s life. Why do I do it? It has become a part of my life, it is great fun and very rewarding. And who knows, hopefully at sometime in the dim and distant future, someone may care enough to do the same for me when I need a hand!

Brian Philips
Brian Phillips, Volunteer Driver  

 

Could you be a

 volunteer driver?

If you would like to join the main Newbury scheme, please follow our step by step guide. Alternatively, if you would like to join one of the local community car schemes listed below, please contact them and they will be able to help.

 

Could you benefit from

transport assistance?

Community Car Schemes are here to help you. Understanding, flexible, and ready to help.

Contact your local Scheme from the list below to discuss your needs.

 

West Berkshire Community Car Scheme Operators

   
1 - Lambourn Valley Volunteer Group

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

( 01488 71536

Open: Monday and Thursday 10am - 12noon

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

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

( 01488 683727

Website: http://www.hungerford.org.uk/chain/

Open: Monday to Friday 9am - 11am

Areas Covered: Hungerford Surgery Area and district
3 - Kintbury Volunteer Centre

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

( 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

( 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

( 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

( 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

( 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

( 0118 971 3334

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

( 0118 930 6419

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

( 0118 984 4586

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: Monica Clark, c/o The Post Office, Recreation Rd, Burghfield Common, Reading RG7 3EN

( 0118 983 1814

Email: bureauvolunteer@gmail.com

Open: Monday to Friday 9.30am - 11.30am

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

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