Following the launch of its new Bundaberg region Community Transport Management Pilot Project on 27 May and preceding its new Kindergarten Transport Solutions Project to be launched in July, ComLink is calling for volunteers to help it meet the needs of the transport disadvantaged in the area.
ComLink State Manager, Peter Watling said volunteers were a vital part of ComLink and without them, the charity wouldn’t be able to continue providing its valuable services to the Bundaberg community and surrounding regions.
“We are in particular need of volunteer drivers that hold a current C class or drivers license to do the morning and afternoon Kindergarten runs in Childers and Gin Gin,” Mr Watling said.
“We are also in need of volunteers to do general appointment runs for clients too,” he said.
The Kindergarten Transport Solutions Project is a five-year initiative, funded significantly through the Department of Education, Training and Employment that will service eight (8) local kindergartens including Gin Gin Kindergarten, Wallaville Kindy Care, The Mango Tree Child Care Centre, South Kolan Community Kindergarten, Gin Gin Family Day Care Service, Isis Community Preschool and Kindergarten, Childers Bright Horizons and Isis Family Day Care Service.
Gin Gin Kindergarten Director, Sharon Cameron said the transport service would make it easier for children living in outlying areas to access kindergarten services.
“The service will be particularly great help to those families that struggle to bring their children to Kindy, because of parents working away in mines or other financial barriers,” Ms Cameron said.
“We are really excited about the new bus and will look to the possibility of using it for outings and excursions for the children too,” Ms Cameron said.
Mr Watling said ComLink’s services were in real need within the Bundaberg region.
“ComLink services more than 3,800 clients and growing, with many of them relying on ComLink as their only means of transport,” Mr Watling said.
The Bundaberg Community Transport Management Project, developed in conjunction with the Bundaberg Regional Council, will see ComLink endeavor to link people with transport providers in the region and its success will be determined by how well it is used by the Bundaberg community.
ComLink is a not-for profit organisation and charity providing community transport and care for the frail aged and younger people with a disability to attend medical appointments, shop and maintain their social inclusion from North Brisbane and through to the Bundaberg region.
“Everyone working for ComLink is considered family and volunteers can come and go as they please, the level of commitment is completely up to them,” Mr Watling said.
“Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and can be really rewarding, knowing you have made a difference in the lives of others,” Mr Watling said.
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.