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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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EASILINK VOLUNTEERS ARE ENSURING THAT HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT MISSED.

Easilink Community Transport have a new Rural Links to Health and Wellbeing Project, which is providing a subsidised door-to-door transport service to people in the Easilink Operational area (Omagh, Strabane and Rural L’Derry) who have no access to either public transport or private transport to attend hospital and health related appointments and activities across the Western Trust area.

Speaking about the project, Kerrie Grugan, Project Coordinator said “The Rural Links to Health and Wellbeing Project enables previously unavailable travel options for our service users. It addresses the issue of access to hospital and health related appointments for people living in Omagh, Strabane and rural Derry/Londonderry.

The service is mainly delivered by our volunteer car drivers, but we also have accessible minibuses for those with mobility issues to help ensure health appointments are not missed because of transport issues. There is a small fee for this service, but the fares are heavily subsidised thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund. Without this funding the project would be impossible to deliver.”

John Murray from Fintona, County Tyrone commented about his experience as Volunteer Car Driver on the Rural Links service.

“I had seen an advertisement on Facebook that Easilink were looking for volunteer drivers, so I got in touch. I had recently retired from work and was looking for something to do that might give me an opportunity to give something back to my local community. I had my induction and within a month I started to drive for them.

I get a great level of satisfaction from volunteering with Easilink. Everyone I lift is so appreciative of the service provided and there is certainly a feel-good factor with it all. You are often taking people to hospital appointments or to the local GP. A lot of these people either can’t drive or don’t have access to a car. By providing them with a lift you are relieving a lot of pressure off them and their family. You’re also facilitating a greater level of access and independence into the lives of these individuals. I find it very rewarding.”

Harry Friar, Service User from Sion Mills commented, “As a frequent user of the above transport, my wife May and I have found the Easilink service very dependable for shopping to the local town, health appointments, and for my wife May visits to the hairdresser. Both of us lost our driving licence due to vision problems, and our grown-up family live away, which leaves us in a form of isolation.

Many thanks are to the car volunteers, minibus drivers for being courteous and very helpful. Many thanks also to the local office staff who arrange and organise. We Hope others will take advantage of this transport like ourselves as seniors.”

Easilink Community Transport are currently seeking more Volunteer Car Drivers to help deliver the Rural Links to Health and Wellbeing service. 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.

 

 

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Easilink AGM 2020/2021

Late last year we welcomed everyone to our first in person AGM since 2019. We took this opportunity to showcase the achievements of the organisation over what has been a challenging year.

We were delighted to be joined by our management board, staff, our many volunteers and Orla Gray from DFI. Most notably on the day, we were joined by two guest speakers; Harry Friar, one of our service users, and John Murray who is one of our volunteer car drivers.

It was very powerful and rewarding for us to hear the individual stories which are often lost behind the many statistics and so we would like to say a big thank you for sharing your personal stories with us. We hope that everyone had an enjoyable morning.

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Scheduler / Client Support – (Part-time / Permanent)

JobScheduler / Client Support – (Part-time / Permanent)

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 Foyle and Strabane areas.

Application Method:

To apply please email claire@easilink.org or telephone 028 71883282 for an application pack.

Job location: Strabane – Easilink Office 

Closing date: 18/10/2021 

 

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