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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!ย ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š

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๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ก๐—ž’๐—ฆ ๐—ฅ๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ก๐—ž๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—›๐—˜๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ง๐—› & ๐—ช๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ๐—•๐—˜๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—–๐—˜ – ๐—ค๐—จ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—ช๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—˜๐——!

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ?
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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.
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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.
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The service is delivered primarily by our volunteer car drivers, and we have accessible vehicles for those with mobility issues.
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๐—ช๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ?
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People who live in the Easilink operational area (Omagh, Strabane or Rural Lโ€™Derry) and do not have access to public transport or their own private transport can avail of the service.
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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 โ€“ any additional passengers must pay the fare as outlined.
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New clients must register as an Easilink member in advance, in order to avail of the service.
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๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—œ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐˜๐—ผ?
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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.
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๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—œ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ?
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To find out if you are eligible and to register as a member, please contact your local Easilink Community Transport Office.
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Strabane/Lโ€™Derry โ€“ (028) 71 883282
Omagh โ€“ (028) 82 248140

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WE ARE RECRUITING

Job Title: MINI BUS DRIVER

Job location: Easilink Omagh Officeย 

Salary: ยฃ9.20 per hourย 

Hours: 30ย 

Worktime: Times will vary and flexibility will be required.ย 

Closing date: 25/01/2022ย 

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:ย  SCHEDULER/CLIENT SUPPORT

Job location: Omagh – Easilink Officeย 

Salary: ยฃ9.50 per hour.ย 

Hours: 16ย 

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

Closing date: 25/01/2022ย 

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 Lโ€™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 โ€œThe 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.โ€

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

โ€œI 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 canโ€™t drive or donโ€™t have access to a car. By providing them with a lift you are relieving a lot of pressure off them and their family. Youโ€™re also facilitating a greater level of access and independence into the lives of these individuals. I find it very rewarding.โ€

Harry Friar, Service User from Sion Mills commented, โ€œAs 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.โ€

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 Officeย 

Closing date: 18/10/2021ย 

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