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NeighbourCar is a community car scheme run in Dorset, find a community car near you.

Become a volunteer

Many Community Transport Schemes are only in existence thanks to the generosity and support of local volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver for Wimborne Area NeighbourCar, please contact Eric Burton on 01202 849360. If you would like to become a volunteer driver or organiser elsewhere in Dorset, please contact your local scheme to discuss how you might be able to help them. Contact details can be found in theCommunity Transport Directory.

The Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP) funded 26 community car schemes across the county. Each scheme is run by the community, for the community; everyone is a volunteer and each scheme is different. The umbrella name is 'NeighbourCar' but each community decided the name it wanted to use. 

POPP no longer funds car schemes, however, if there is not a scheme in your area and you are interested in starting one, you may wish to apply for a Community Transport Grant.

Who can use NeighbourCar

Eligibility varies between schemes. For more information, contact the scheme co-ordinator from the table.


The average cost is 50p per mile and some schemes charge an annual membership fee or a one-off joining fee. For full details, contact the scheme co-ordinator direct.

Types of journeys

Each scheme decides on the types of journeys it can provide for its users, which may include the following:

  • medical trips (to the surgery, dentist, optician and hospital appointments)
  • shopping
  • social gatherings
  • church
  • other appointments e.g. hairdressers, vets

Scheme co-ordinators will try to accommodate requests for journeys but cannot guarantee a volunteer will be available.

Current schemes

Below is a list of POPP-funded schemes; there are many more schemes listed in the Community Transport Directory.

NeighbourCar scheme contacts
Scheme NameArea coveredCo-ordinatorTelephone

Bere Regis NeighbourCar

Bere Regis, Bloxworth, Briantspuddle, Winterborne Zelston

Brenda House

01929 471255

Bride Valley Car Service

Little Bredy, Long Bredy, Litton Cheney, Puncknowle, Swyre, West Bexington, Chilcombe, Burton Bradstock, Shipton Gorge

Lesley Dove

01308 879695

Buckland Newton NeighbourCar

Buckland Newton, Pulham

Jean Adams

07733 849264

Cerne Abbas Voluntary Car Service This voluntary service can help if you are registered with the Cerne Abbas Surgery but unable to get to appointments at the surgery or the local hospital because of age or illness  Brigid Tindal 01300 341676

Chalk Stream Car Drivers Service

Sydling St Nicholas, Frampton, Grimstone, Stratton, Bradford Peverell, Charminster, Up Sydling

Catherine Hodgson

01300 341386

Crossways Car Link

Crossways, Owermoigne, Warmwell, Broadmayne, Affpuddle, Moreton

Bob Light

01305 853848

Dorchester NeighbourCar

Immediate areas in Dorchester i.e. within a 5 mile radius

Joan Hutson

01305 269330

Durlston NeighbourCar


Durlston Rangers

01929 424443

Ferndown NeighbourCar Scheme


Joyce Little

01202 980839

Gillingham Area Voluntary Car Link Scheme

Gillingham (SP8)

Various volunteers

07599 311443

Hillside Car Scheme

Hazelbury Bryan and the Hillside Parishes - Fifehead Neville, Belchalwel, Ibberton, Mappowder, Woolland

Samantha McArthur

07501 344084

Holt Area Neighbourcare

Holt,Horton, Chalbury, Gaunts Common, Hinton Martell

Ann Korta

01202 885559

Martinstown NeighbourCar

Martinstown, Winterborne Abbas, Winterborne Steepleton

Dick Corbett-Winder

01305 889410

Milton Abbas NeighbourCar

Cheselbourne, Dewlish, Hilton & Ansty, Melcombe Horsey, Milborne St Andrew, Milton Abbas, Winterbourne Houghton, Winterborne Kingston, Winterborne Stickland, Winterborne Whitechurch

Nigel Hodder

01258 470333 (answerphone)

Oaktree Park NeighbourCar Oaktree Park only Pat Dowell 01202 944567

Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Cars

The Piddle Valley Parish Council Area

Lynn Mailer

01300 348566 or 07788718289

Puddletown NeighbourCar

Tolpuddle, Tincleton, Milborne St Andrew, Plush, Alton Pancras, Piddlehinton, West Stafford, Athelhampton, Burleston, Dewlish, Cheselbourne, Briantspuddle, Affpuddle, Melcombe Bingham, Piddletrenthide, Ansty and Stinsford

Ida Thomas 

01305 848882

Sturminster Newton & District Community Cars

Sturminster Newton and the following villages (and those in between): Broad Oak, Child Okeford, Durweston, Fiddleford, Fifehead Magdalen, Fifehead Neville, Fontmell Magna, Hammoon, Hinton St. Mary, Iwerne Minster, Kings Stag, Lydlinch, Manston, Margaret Marsh, Okeford Fitzpaine, Shillingstone, Stalbridge, Stalbridge Weston, Stourton Caundle, Todber, West Orchard

Wendy Catley

01258 473439

Shaftesbury Car Link

SP7 Postcodes

Martin and June Hull

07763 426664

South Perrott & Cheddington NeighbourCar

South Perrott and Cheddington

Angela Gillingham

01935 891264

Thorncombe Community Cars

Thorncombe, Holditch, Hewood, Synderford

John Higgs

01460 30994

Verwood Good Neighbours

Verwood, Edmondsham, Three Legged Cross, Woodlands

Eddie Samms

01202 826764

West Moors NeighbourCars

West Moors only

Joan Goodwin

07922 125266

West Parley NeighbourCars

West Parley only

Clive Butcher

07592 860104

Weymouth Community Transport

Weymouth and Portland and immediate areas

Weymouth Community Transport

01305 783999

Wimborne Area NeighbourCar

Wimborne, Witchampton, Colehill, Corfe Mullen, Sturminster Marshall and surrounding areas

Eric Burton

01202 849360

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