ComLink, a community transport and care organisation, is helping to connect locals with social activities within the Townsville region.
ComLink provides transport and direct care solutions for the frail aged and younger people with a disability to attend medical appointments, shop and maintain their social inclusion.
With a growing client base, and recognising the need for social inclusion for the frail aged and people with a disability, ComLink is adding more social activities to its calendar.
Local resident and ComLink client, Frances Kay Marsh has been using ComLink’s services for just over two months and enjoys the opportunity to get out and about in the community and maintain her independence.
“ComLink’s services allow me to go about weekly activities such as shopping and going to the gym.
“I’ve also been to a few social activities including mystery tours, The Tea Room and a highlight was definitely the trip to Magnetic Island, it was a wonderful day out,” Frances said.
Frances’ son, Paul Marsh said that ComLink has provided his mum with independence and freed up time for him to focus on his business.
“I have always happily driven mum to all her appointments and weekly activities, but ComLink has made our family life easier.
“Nothing is ever to much trouble for ComLink, and they are readily available to take mum places, even on short notice, she enjoys a laugh with the drivers and meeting new people at their regular social events has also been great for her,” Paul said.
ComLink Townsville Regional Manager, Kain Allen said that the transport services ComLink has bought to the Townsville region is enriching their clients’ lives and allowing clients to enjoy and socialise at outings that they wouldn’t otherwise get to attend.
“For many reasons the elderly and younger people with a disability are unable to drive and have limited access to public transport. ComLink’s transport service provides the community with a safe, flexible and friendly service that clients can rely on.
“We have clients who use our services to go to regular doctors appointments, grocery shopping and general errands plus we also have those who like social occasions and participate in our regular planned social events,” Kain said.
ComLink currently has offices on the Sunshine Coast, North Lakes, Bundaberg, Ipswich, and Townsville (with a satellite service in Cairns). Satellite services in Gympie, Childers and Gin Gin will also be opening soon.
Comlink Chief Executive Feda Adra said the charity provided for a wide range of clients with very diverse needs.
“Through our own services and strong links to a variety of community organisations, we are proud to say we never turn anyone needing services away and that is because of the commitment of our staff, volunteers and supporters.
“The social outings that have been provided to date in 2014 have been a great success and we look forward to expanding on these,” Feda said.
If you are interested in becoming involved with ComLink, volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. It can be really rewarding, knowing you have made a difference in the lives of others.
If you would like to find out more information, make a booking or to become a ComLink volunteer, please visit www.comlink.org.au or call 1300 761 011.