Basingstoke NeighbourCare needs you!

We depend on our wonderful team of volunteers to provide our service and we always need new ones to assist with our increasing number of clients. We will provide you with all the support and training you need and our staff are available during office hours to give you guidance. We need three types of volunteers; drivers, befrienders and community café/social groups support.

Our volunteers give whatever time they can. This may be an hour a week or many more. You tell us your availability and we will not push you into doing more. We know from the feedback and comments we receive from clients and their families that our service really makes a difference.

  • Drivers Open or Close

    We provide a service for mainly older people, particularly for those who find it difficult to use public transport or lack the confidence to go out on their own. We provide a driving service to pick them up from home, take them to their appointment and bring them home again, using our volunteer’s own car. We also take clients shopping, to social events such as lunch clubs, helping them remain part of their community.

    We need drivers who can spare a few hours a week during the day time, any day Monday to Friday, and who have a car that is comprehensively insured and suitable for carrying an older person. In return we will reimburse your costs from home; currently we reimburse 45p per mile.  Any amount of time that you can spare will help us. You can choose what hours/days you are available and what duties you wish to undertake.

    To find out more email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01256 423855

  • Befrienders Open or Close

    Many older people do not have people who have time to spend with them just having a cup of tea and a chat. You could be the first person that week that they have seen that has time just for them. We need caring people who can spend at least one hour per week visiting one of our clients in their own home to help relieve their loneliness. We try to find you someone who lives near to you, so that if you do not have your own transport you can walk to them. But if you have to use your car or public transport we will reimburse your costs.

    Please contact Sarah for more information on 01256 423867 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Community Cafes/Social Groups Open or Close

    Our weekly community cafes and social groups provide a nice, warm, friendly and relaxed place for older people to get together over a cuppa and a slice of cake.

    We welcome volunteers who continuously support in ensuring the smooth running of our cafés and social group.
    If you are interested please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01256 423857.

What volunteering means

Congratulations to our volunteers who received certificates of thanks for long service from our patron Lady Portsmouth. They have all been volunteering for 10 or 20 years, supporting older people who require assistance.

Long Service Awards for drivers and befrienders

In 2020 Basingstoke NeighbourCare Received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

This is a tremendous achievement which recognises the dedication, excellence and compassion of our volunteers and follows the Celebration of our 21st year in the Anvil in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant and Mayor.




Driving volunteer Nikki taking Pamela for regular visits to see her husband in his Care Home

volunteeringbasingstokedrivers "I couldn't do without Nikki from NeighbourCare and so very pleased with the wonderful help and care I have received from all the staff"

Driving volunteer Elizabeth taking Doris to Chineham surgery


Elizabeth said: "I like to chat with Doris on our way to the doctors or hospital there’s always lots to talk about. I enjoy being a volunteer driver because I feel I have helped someone."

Driving volunteer Diana with Sheila

volunteeringbasingstoketwoDiana says ‘As a retiree, I find volunteering for Basingstoke NeighbourCare is a very rewarding activity.  It's good to feel you are helping people to keep their independence.’ Sheila says 'NeighbourCare gets me safely where I need to be'. I always feel safe with NeighbourCare.

Driving volunteer Peter accompanying Valerie to Basingstoke Hospital


Valerie said “as usual NeighbourCare are so thoughtful and understanding and always put themselves out to help me in my many visits to hospital in the last few weeks. I cannot speak more highly”

Special Feature on Driving Volunteer Peter


Peter has driven for NeighbourCare as a volunteer for 2 years. Retirement had been enjoyable, but something was missing. Most days felt the same. One day I spotted a yellow badge on someone in a doctor’s waiting room and spoke for the first time about NeighbourCare. The badge holder was a volunteer accompanying a patient to a clinic at the surgery.
I signed up to be a driver and have since taken clients to hospital, doctor and dentist appointments, coffee mornings and art classes. NeighbourCare clients come from all walks of life and have fantastic stories about life and life experiences. We have chatted about a huge number of subjects and laughed and joked regularly. Want to learn about an unusual holiday? Ask a client. Need advice on a book to read? Ask a client. How about gardening or decorating? Ask a client. Want to know what it is like to live in another country? Ask a client. Music, art, history, politics? You guessed it - ask a client.
Volunteering as a NeighbourCare driver involves only accepting journeys which suit you, as few or many as is convenient. I have taken clients to a surgery appointment half a mile from home, and another from Basingstoke to an appointment in Portsmouth – and many in between in terms of time and distance. And I am reimbursed for the miles travelled at the standard HMRC rate – 45p per mile. So I get an interesting and useful ‘hobby’ that costs me nothing and enriches others’ lives.
The story I heard from that first driver I spoke to has moved on. Loneliness and isolation have been identified as health risks and helping people get ‘out and about’ is more urgent than ever. Demand on NeighbourCare is increasing, and the number of volunteers needs to increase if demand is going to be met. If you can help and make the occasional journey – even one or two a year would help – why not call the NeighbourCare office on 01256 423855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.? If you would like to speak to Peter please leave a message at the office and he will call you back.

Contact Us


01256 423855


Our Office


Basingstoke NeighbourCare,

The Orchard, White Hart Lane

Basingstoke, RG21 4AF