Contact Person

Susan Ross

Organisation Address

Derwent Valley Car Club
Blackhall Mill Community Centre
River View
Blackhall Mill
NE17 7TQ
United Kingdom

54.905601, -1.8153459

Derwent Valley established the first solely electric Rural Community Car Club in 2014 in Blackhall Mill, Gateshead. Since 2014 they have expanded their reach in the Derwent Valley to Shotley Bridge, Rowlands Gill and Blackhill with driver and non-driver members, individual and multi-person memberships with a small, dedicated team of volunteer drivers helping their non-drivers make hospital, surgery, and social engagements.

In total DVCC have 5 fully electric cars based at Blackhall Mill Community Centre, Rowlands Gill Library, Front Street Shotley Bridge, Derwent Street Car Park Blackhill with a fifth location to be announced at the end of 2023. 

The community car club is available to people from across the Derwent Valley Area and the DVCC Volunteer Driver Scheme (VDS) which supports people who cannot drive themselves, with a volunteer driver, has affectionately been compared to a companionship car club due to the nature of the helpful scheme and friendly scheme.  

Who can join?

Anyone who has held a full UK drivers licence for 2 years or more with no more than 6 points can join as a driver member. 

Anyone unable to drive and for those who do not hold a drivers licence. There is a non-driver membership option with a volunteer driver scheme.

What are the costs?

All costs of subscription are the same:

£5 per month membership subscriptions

£8.50 per month multi person membership (Two people of the same home address)

With hour hire rates at:

£4 per hour

£30.00 per 24 hour hire

This will rise very slightly by the end of 2023.

How do you join?

You can register as a driver or non-driver member at

Or email for further information or support