Downland Volunteer Group
We provide car transport for the elderly or infirm, or anyone in need, to Hospitals, Surgeries, Clinics, Dentists, Opticians etc
We also make regular shopping trips using the Handybus in the afternoons. The Handybus can also be booked for other group outings in the afternoons and weekends.
Who we are
We were formed in 1985 and were situated in very Spartan conditions in a scout hut in Compton, Berkshire. Today we have a small office located in Compton Surgery. We are a registered charity and in October 2005 we became a Company Limited by Guarantee.
What we do
We provide transport for persons in the Downland areas of West Berkshire who are elderly, sick or disabled or who are otherwise in need of help. We take people to Hospitals, Doctors' Surgeries, Dentists, Opticians, monthly Lunch Club or anywhere else that may be appropriate.
How Can I Use Your Services
You can contact our office Monday-Friday between the hours of 10-12am. Please give us as much notice as possible for us to arrange suitable transport for you.
How Can I Pay
We do not make a charge for our services but we do ask that you make a contribution towards our drivers' mileage costs. The level of contribution is different depending on the length of journey made. You can pay by cash, cheque, or travel tokens issued by West Berks Council.
We operate solely by using volunteers who give of their time freely and selflessly. Volunteers are always needed for the following:
- Manning the office during opening hours. You should have a pleasant telephone manner and be computer literate, although full training will be given. It is not as onerous as it sounds and any help would be greatly appreciated.
- Drivers to take clients to doctors' surgeries etc. Please see separate web page with details of volunteer driving.
- Handybus drivers