West Somerset Car Scheme

West Somerset Car Scheme is operated by volunteer drivers driving their own vehicles.

It is designed to help people who have difficulty using public transport or who must travel to or from locations when there is no public transport available. We can help when there is no other way to get there!

The most common types of journey requested are to get to health and care-related appointments, though journeys can be made for other purposes. We have helped passengers get to appointments at Musgrove and Nuffield hospitals in Taunton, Exeter and Bristol, as well as to other destinations.

The cost to the passenger is worked out on miles travelled and they will be told this before completing their booking. The drivers offer their time freely and in return receive expenses in respect of the mileage they incur.

Journeys must be pre-booked with at least 48 hours notice.

The Scheme Coordinator will match up travel requirements with the drivers available and confirm all the arrangements with the passenger. The volunteer driver will then pick up the passenger from their home and take them to their destination. The driver can also wait and bring them back home if requested and pre-booked.


The West Somerset Car Scheme is looking for volunteer coordinators and drivers. All you need is a bit of time to spare, your own vehicle, and a willingness to help people in our community access hospital and other appointments. Mileage expenses are paid. Contact us for more information.