West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2018-11-12
End date: 2018-12-23
Results: 2019-03-05

Budget Proposal 2019/20: Volunteer Centre West Berkshire

This consultation is closed.


This is one of 14 budget proposals for 2019/20. You can view the full list online.

You can also view budget consultations from previous years.

The Volunteer Centre West Berkshire (VCWB) is a registered charity that provides a number of services, including: 

  • A volunteer job shop service for the district that matches interested people with opportunities to volunteer and promotes volunteering and good practice.
  • A volunteer driver and community car scheme for the Newbury area, which provides transport for people who find it difficult to use public transport. They offer the service for regular journeys, eg out-patient treatment but also for one-off visits to doctors and shopping. The volunteer driver and community car scheme asks the user to pay a mileage- related contribution to pay for petrol and running costs. The driver's time is donated voluntarily.
  • Newbury and Thatcham area 'Handybus' community transport provides regular transport for people who find it difficult to use public transport, approximately 12,000 journeys a year. The cost of the trip depends on the distance travelled. A local trip could be as little as £2-£3.

During 2017/18, VCWB attracted 354 volunteers across a range of volunteering activities. The VCWB also held a number of promotional events some of which are listed below:

  • Knowledge Event which attracted 91 organisations
  • Listening Event with the Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health attracting 24 organisations
  • Specialist car and bus driver recruitment event
  • Speed volunteer dating event in Caffé Nero for 20 organisations
  • Voluntary services event for the Pangbourne area which attracted 11 organisations

VCWB has around 230 volunteers to deliver these services.

We currently provide annual funding of £20,028 to the VCWB for these services.

Legislation requirements

The services provided by the VCWB are not statutory, but help to support our community.

What are we proposing?

To reduce the annual funding to the VCWB from £20,028 to £15,028 (a saving of £5,000 or 25%) from 1 April 2019.

What do we think the impact will be?

The reduction in funding could reduce the number of events or hours that the VCWB are able to operate.

Please refer to the pdf icon Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) Stage One [270kb] for more details.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

No other options to reduce expenditure in this area have been identified.

Why we want your views

We would like to know how this proposal might impact you and the wider community, and any views you have on how we can minimise the impact of this proposed change.

All feedback will be considered at the Executive Committee on 14 February 2019. Following this, a final decision will be made at the Full Council meeting on 5 March 2019. The recommendations and your anonymised response will be posted on this page.

Please note: Social media discussions will not be monitored/considered as a valid response. 

What you told us

We received 22 responses (incl. two incomplete responses) to the consultation. A background to the proposal and outline of the responses can be found in the Consultation Summary Report

What we did

The Full Council meeting on 5 March 2019 decided to progress this proposal. However, in accepting a £5,000 revenue reduction, Council agreed to provide £5,000 in Capital for 2019/20.

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