Volunteer Car Scheme

throughout Ryedale

Our volunteer car scheme has been running for many years and has increased to over 1,100 members.

Individual Car Trips

The scheme is for individual car trips and is run by our part time admin staff and the journeys are all carried out by volunteer drivers, some of these drivers have been with us for well over a decade.

Our volunteer drivers use their own cars to take you from your home directly to your destination and back. Most can carry wheel chairs in the boot. For passengers who need to travel in their wheel chairs, we also have a number of specially adapted cars and mini-buses. If you live in Ryedale and think that the volunteer car scheme will be of benefit to you, please call the office to discuss how we help.

Our drivers will normally wait at your destination until you are ready to return.  They have volunteered because they enjoy meeting and helping people.  You are welcome to bring a companion at no extra cost.


Journeys are charged at 45p per mile (min charge of £4.50) and this payment is given directly to the driver at the end of the journey.

This includes the miles that a volunteer drives to come to you, as well as the trip itself.  We endeavour to use a volunteer close to you but this cost can vary with different volunteers and their availability.

As a charity, the scheme is supported by sponsors but we do ask f you can make an annual voluntary donation as a contribution towards our administration costs.

Amount of Notice Required

As we rely on the goodwill of our volunteers and their availability, as much notice as possible is appreciated (usually at least a week is recommended).  However, in an emergency, we’ll do our very best to find you a volunteer driver.

Types of Journey for Individual Car Trips

Our volunteer car scheme is designed to help you get out and about. Some types of trips are, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Shopping
  • Family & Friend visits
  • Medical appointments
  • Social events

How to Apply

Start by having a chat with us to discuss your particular situation. We can then offer the right transport to suit your needs, including special requirements like needing to take your wheelchair or guide dog with you. Any messages left on our answering service or on e-mail will be replied to promptly.

To register your details click here and enter  your data in our registration form.

Our office hours for the volunteer car scheme are Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 2.30pm. For further information about this service please call 01653 698888 or you can email us on bookings@ryedalect.org

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