Volunteering in Community Transport

Types of Community Transport Scheme

Community/voluntary transport schemes provide essential services to people who either cannot use conventional forms of public/private transport or do not have access to it. For many people this provides the only opportunity of getting out, doing shopping, visiting friends or relatives, or enjoying leisure activities that most of us take for granted.

There are a variety of community transport schemes in Surrey and although they do not fit neatly into categories because of their individuality, they are broadly as follows:

a Voluntary Car Schemes
- these schemes operate with volunteers using their own cars.

b Community or Group Transport
- minibuses which take groups of people, often belonging to a club, on specific journeys such as a social outing or to a lunch club.

c Dial-a-Ride - minibuses or accessible cars for people with disabilities to make everyday journeys.

Without drivers and other volunteers these transport services cannot exist. If you would like to help, please contact the schemes in your area for further information. Many are listed in the Community Transport Directory (see link to the left above) or contact Surrey Community Action.

If you are interested in volunteeering with ESRTP please contact us.

Surrey Community Action

Surrey Community Action helps establish voluntary car schemes across Surrey. For general information on such schemes visit their website at: Surrey Community Action Voluntary Car Schemes

Most of these schemes operate as part of Good Neighbour Schemes:

Surrey Community Action Good neighbour Schemes

Other Areas of Volunteering in Surrey

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, meet new friends and to give your support to your community. Community transport is just one of the areas in which you can volunteer. For more information on volunteering and to find out about other opportunities please contact the following organisations:

Surrey County Council  

Be a Volunteer


Epsom & Ewell           

Mole Valley  

Central Surrey Voluntary Action               

Reigate & Banstead  

Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead (VARB)


Tandridge Voluntary Action

Surrey Voluntary Action Network


National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Page updated 24 January 2019

"Very good service, drivers always so nice, make me feel relaxed, happy and safe. Well done to everyone."

Two happy drivers stand by a minibus on a tea break
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