Community Drivers - Volunteering in Your Area

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.

Brian Phillips, Volunteer Driver

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

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

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 district

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, Broadway House, 4 – 8 The Broadway, Newbury, Berkshire , RG14 1BA

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: Newbury Cancer Care, Rosemary Centre, West Berkshire Community, Thatcham RG18 3AS

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: Marigold Jacques, 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: Jeremy Caddy, Theale Medical Centre, Englefield Road, Theale, RG7 5AS

Tel: (01189) 744126


Open: Monday and Wednesday 10am – 12noon

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

10 – Pangbourne & District Volunteer Centre

Contact: Jane Rowberry, The Village Hall, Station Road, Pangbourne RG8 7DY

Tel: (01189) 844586

Open: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 11am

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

12 – Carebus Transport Group

Contact –

Tel: 0118 930 4837 or 0787 135 0010

Open – 24/7 – messages can be left via email or phoning mobile number

Areas covered: Aldworth; Ashampstead; Basildon; Beenham; Bradfield; Bucklebury; Calcot; Chapel Row; Englefield; Fords Farm; Holybrook; Pangbourne; Purley; Stanford Dingley; Streatley; Sulham; Theale; Tidmarsh; Tilehurst; Tutts Clump; Woolhampton; Yattendon
We can provide 2 wheelchair accessible cars and a number of private cars all driven by volunteer 

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