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Interview with BBC Radio Foyle regarding Dial-A-Lift Funding Uncertainty

Easilink Community Transport, along with the other Community Transport Partnerships will suffer as a result of the Department for Infrastructure decision that there will be no guaranteed funding for the Dial a Lift service after April 2023. There are also jobs at stake too – 22 members of staff at Easilink Community Transport.

Easilink service users, volunteers and staff are extremely concerned about how this will affect their lives.

Hear what Easilink Chief Executive, Claire Russell, service users, Helen Reany from Plumbridge and Evelyn O Hagan from Claudy, Volunteer Car Driver, Frank McCay and Charity Director, Paschal McKeown from Age NI had to say about the news on BBC Radio Foyle

https://fb.watch/jeHECiX8Ef/

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Dial-A-Lift Funding Uncertainty

The Department for Infrastructure, which funds the Rural Dial-a-Lift service, wrote to all Rural Community Transport providers on the 1st of March 2023, notifying us that there will be no guarantee of funding past the 30th of April 2023 due to the very challenging financial position which the Department finds itself in for 2023-24.

Today our Chief Executive, Claire Russell, spoke to BBC Radio Foyle to discuss the detrimental impact which any reduction in service would have to our members.

You can hear the interview on the link below which includes commentary from NICVA Chief Executive, Celine McStravick.

https://fb.watch/jeHx919bAv/

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Easilink Community Transport Volunteer Car Drivers are going that extra mile ….

Easilink Community Transport Volunteer Car Drivers are going that extra mile to ensure that people in their local community get to health appointments and other essential trips.

Easilink Community Transport provide a door-to-door transport option for people in the Easilink Operational area (Omagh, Strabane and Rural L’Derry). The transport services are provided to promote independence and social inclusion, physical and mental wellbeing and to assist individuals who have no access to either public transport or private transport to access essential services such as health appointments, education, training, and employment.

Volunteer Car Drivers are playing a key role, alongside the paid Easilink minibus drivers to help ensure appointments are not missed because of transport issues. In the past year 2021/2022 alone, the volunteers have delivered an amazing 9000 passenger trips.

Claire Russell, Easilink CEO commented “Our volunteer car drivers are going that extra length to ensure that people in their local community get to health appointments and other essential trips. Without their support we would not be able to operate.

Easilink have just recently been re awarded the Investors in Volunteers UK quality standard. Passing this standard shows that we are committed and strive to ensure that volunteers have the best quality experience possible with us. The incredible contribution made by volunteers is not only appreciated, but valued in-line with this national standard, and beyond this measure. We are truly thankful and blessed by each individual volunteer and want them to know that they are integral to Easilink.”

Mona Rice, Easilink Volunteer Car Driver commented “I used to own my own business and when I retired, I needed something to get up for in the mornings. I wanted to give something back to the local community so started volunteering with Easilink. I have been volunteering with Easilink for over 20 years now. I find it extremely rewarding. I enjoy meeting new people and helping others; it is good for my mental health. I mostly do hospital runs and shopping runs.”

Easilink Community Transport are in the look out for more volunteers to be able to accommodate the massive increase in transport requests, mainly to local health appointments and hospital appointments throughout the Western Trust area.  If you have a full clean driving license, access to your own car and free time to help your local community, then becoming an Easilink volunteer driver could be the perfect opportunity for you!

For further information visit the Easilink website www.easilink.org or contact Kerrie on 07702852582.

I have been volunteering with Easilink for over 20 years now. I find it extremely rewarding. I enjoy meeting new people and helping others; it is good for my mental health.

Mona Rice, Volunteer Car Driver
Mona Rice
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Volunteer Car Drivers Needed in Strabane/Foyle & Surrounding Areas!

Help Easilink Community Transport deliver services in your local community.

If you have a full clean driving license, access to your own car and free time to help your local community, then becoming an Easilink volunteer driver could be the opportunity for you!

Volunteer car drivers help us transport people who do not have access to public transport or their own private vehicle to hospital appointments and other essential trips across the Western Trust area.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to:

¨ Help others in your local community

¨ Be reimbursed expenses at 50p per mile

¨ Retain your benefits

¨ Meet new people and make friends

For further information on becoming a volunteer car driver and to download an application form, click the link – Volunteers. Alternatively contact Easilink’s Strabane Office on 028 7188 3282.

Please note: Additional vehicle insurance is not required; however, all volunteers are subject to an Access NI Check

I get a great level of satisfaction from volunteering with Easilink Community Transport. Everyone I lift is so appreciative of the service provided and there is certainly a feel-good factor with it all.

John Murray, Volunteer Car Driver
Volunteer Car Driver, John Murray with Service user, Rosemary Monaghan
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VOLUNTEER WEEK CELEBRATIONS

Two of our Easilink Volunteer Car Drivers, Gerard and Caroline attended an afternoon tea party hosted by Omagh Volunteer Centre ahead of volunteers week.
 
Thank you Omagh Volunteer Centre for inviting us along.
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VOLUNTEER CAR DRIVER, MONA RICE GETS RECOGNISED AT A SPECIAL CEREMONY HOSTED BY THE MAYOR

Mona Rice, Easilink volunteer driver and Claire Russell, Easilink Chief Executive were delighted to be invited to attend a special volunteer recognition event today, organised by North West Volunteer Centre and hosted by Graham Warke, Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District in the Guildhall.
 
Mona has been volunteering for over 20 years and goes above and beyond to help people in the local community in her role as volunteer car driver.
 
Mona was awarded a 200-hour Gold EPIC Award certificate at this special event, along with other volunteers throughout the district. It is to acknowledge, say thanks and showcase the dedication and time Mona voluntarily gives.
 
From everyone at Easilink, Thank you Mona. You are one in a million.

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EASILINK VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION EVENTS

We were delighted to host Volunteer Celebration Events at Omagh Enterprise and the Sollus Centre, Bready. It was an opportunity to say thank you to our volunteer car drivers for the amazing work they have done over the past year.

In the past few months, we have started to see a new normal and therefore a significant increase in trip requests. Our volunteer car drivers are going above and beyond to ensure our service users get the transport they require. In this year alone, our volunteers in the Easilink operational areas – Omagh, Strabane and Rural Foyle have delivered 4852 passengers’ trips – Amazing!

It was only fitting to get the fantastic motivational life coach, Cliodhna Fullen blog in to do a session with the Omagh volunteers on the power of the mindset and self-care. It gave our volunteers the time to sit back, reflect and remember to take time for themselves, when they are out helping others. It was a very inspiring and uplifting session for a Monday morning. Thank you Cliodhna.

We were only delighted to have Geraldine Keys, from Omagh Volunteer Centre come along to thank the volunteers and present EPIC Award certificates for their time commitment, along with the newly elected Chair of Fermanagh & Omagh, Cllr Barry McElduff. Thank you both for taking the time out of your busy schedules to come along.

We had Angie Porter from Refresh Health & Wellness doing a session on Tai Chi Seated Fitness – ‘Mediation in Motion’ with the Strabane and Foyle car drivers. The idea was to promote serenity through gentle movements, connecting the mind and body.

The session was also very fitting for our drivers, who have been very busy the past while driving in their voluntary roles. It was very refreshing indeed. A time to reset and refresh! Thank you, Angie.

We were delighted to have Jacqui and Mari-Rose from North West Volunteer Centre join us to present EPIC Award certificates to the volunteers for their outstanding time commitment.

Thank you all.

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CELEBRATING SUCCESS

Two of our longest serving Volunteer Car Drivers, Paddy Montague and Mona Rice celebrating National Volunteers Week and being recognised for their amazing contribution over the past 20+ years! 💙💚

 

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𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗜𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗞’𝗦 𝗥𝗨𝗥𝗔𝗟 𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗞𝗦 𝗧𝗢 𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗧𝗛 & 𝗪𝗘𝗟𝗟𝗕𝗘𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧 𝗦𝗘𝗥𝗩𝗜𝗖𝗘 – 𝗤𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗔𝗡𝗦𝗪𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗗!

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲?
 
The Rural Links to Health & Wellbeing service is a community transport service funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland and delivered by Easilink Community Transport.
 
The aim of the service is to help people who do not have access to public transport or their own private transport to attend Hospital appointments and other health related appointments and activities across the Western Trust area.
 
The service is delivered primarily by our volunteer car drivers, and we have accessible vehicles for those with mobility issues.
 
𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲?
 
People who live in the Easilink operational area (Omagh, Strabane or Rural L’Derry) and do not have access to public transport or their own private transport can avail of the service.
 
Clients must be fit to travel independently without assistance. Where assistance is required a friend, carer or family member can travel for free with the person attending the appointment. This applies to one friend, carer or family member only – any additional passengers must pay the fare as outlined.
 
New clients must register as an Easilink member in advance, in order to avail of the service.
 
𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗜 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝘁𝗼?
 
Qualifying clients (living in Easilink area, with no access to public or private transport), can use the service to attend Hospital appointments in Altnagelvin, Omagh and South West Acute Hospitals, or any other health related appointments or activities in the Western Trust area.
 
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝗜 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿?
 
To find out if you are eligible and to register as a member, please contact your local Easilink Community Transport Office.
 
Strabane/L’Derry – (028) 71 883282
Omagh – (028) 82 248140

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WE ARE RECRUITING

Job Title: MINI BUS DRIVER

Job location: Easilink Omagh Office 

Salary: £9.20 per hour 

Hours: 30 

Worktime: Times will vary and flexibility will be required. 

Closing date: 25/01/2022 

Job Duties:

To drive Minibuses operated by Easilink Community Transport.
To assist passengers to and from the vehicle when this is necessary.
To input the following information / data onto Easilinks Mobile Phone App for each journey Schedule Details, Passenger Lists and Tachograph.
To carry out prescribed regular checks on the vehicles and record and immediately report any irregularities/defects.
To immediately record and report details of any accident or mishap.
To maintain vehicle cleanliness on a regular basis.
Refuel vehicle as and when required.
To be familiar with and maintain all safety equipment and medical supplies fitted to the vehicle and to carry out safety checks as directed.

Qualifications / Experience:

Essential Criteria:
A current, clean, valid driving licence, appropriate for driving Easilink minibuses
(Full D or D1 PCV License with Drivers CPC),
Be flexible to work evenings and weekends if and when required.

Desirable Criteria:
Previous experience of driving a minibus including using passenger lifts and safety equipment.
Experience and / or understanding of dealing with people with disabilities.
Hold a valid MiDAS certificate.
Experience in using Computerised Applications to log data.

Application Method:

Applications Packs can be obtained by emailing: claire@easilink.org or by telephoning 028 82248140

Job Title:  SCHEDULER/CLIENT SUPPORT

Job location: Omagh – Easilink Office 

Salary: £9.50 per hour. 

Hours: 16 

Worktime: Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm (Times may vary and flexibility will be required.)

Closing date: 25/01/2022 

Job Duties:

To effectively take bookings and manage enquiries from service users, schedule trips through our electronic software system, liaise with Easilink drivers and carry out general administration duties within the office environment.

Qualifications / Experience:

Essential criteria
5 GCSE’s (Grade A – C) or equivalent, to include English and Maths.
1 years experience of working in a customer facing role.
Excellent IT skills and experience.

Desirable criteria
Experience working in a busy office and / or administration role.
Understanding of people impacted by social isolation and / or mobility issues.
Geographical awareness of the wider Omagh area.

Application Method:

To request an application pack, please email: claire@easilink.org or telephone 028 82248140.

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