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What are the Volunteer Driver and Car Schemes?

West Berkshire Volunteer Driver and Car Schemes 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 driver does not receive any payment for his time which is donated voluntarily.

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.

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?

Just find the scheme nearest to you and give them a call.

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

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