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    • by Pady Mceldowney
      Chief Executive, Easilink Community Transport

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    To coincide with Volunteer’s Week, Easilink Community Transport took some time out to celebrate and recognise the invaluable contribution their volunteers make to the services they provide to their clients. 

    Easilink Community Transport provides accessible and affordable community transport services in Northern Ireland across Omagh, Strabane & Derry/Londonderry. We offer a range of semi-scheduled, demand responsive minibus services from rural areas into the main towns (provided mainly with paid minibus drivers). We also provide individual demand responsive transport through our Volunteer Car Scheme – used primarily for Health Appointments and essential journeys outside of the minibus schedules.

    25% of all our passenger trips are provided through our volunteer car scheme.

    Our Volunteer Car Scheme depends entirely on the generosity and commitment of our 25 Volunteer Car Drivers, who give up their time to help people in their local area who don’t have access to transport. Our volunteers provide a professional and caring service to our many vulnerable and isolated clients. They assist our clients to and from the vehicle, and build lasting and valuable relationships with our clients – many of whom live alone and don’t have any other social interaction.

    To illustrate this point, a client at our User Forum in January 2018 said: “I don’t see Mary as a volunteer driver, I see her as my friend.” 

    Thank you to everyone who volunteers with Easilink Community Transport!

    Volunteers at Easilink Community Transport

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