Point Cook, Wednesday, 12 December 2012: Point Cook Community Bank® Branch has partnered with the Victorian Government, Wyndham City Council, LINK Community Transport and Jamieson Way Community Centre to provide a new community transport service for older adults and people with a disability in the Point Cook area.
Commencing in December, Point Cook Community Transport Service will assist seniors and people with a disability who have trouble getting out and about to access essential activities such as medical appointments, shopping and getting to social and recreational activities advises Dora Pyke, Point Cook Community Bank® Branch Manager.
“Point Cook Community Bank® Branch is pleased the partnership has been formed ensuring independence for some of our most isolated community members,” Ms Pyke said.
The 12 seater bus has been specially altered for wheelchair access and will be driven by trained volunteer drivers according to Wyndham Social Development Manager Heather Johnson.
“The service is primarily for people aged over 65 and for those people with a disability who live in the Point Cook area,” Ms Johnson said.
Point Cook residents will need to register for the service and will be able to book the bus the day prior to collect them and drop them off right at their front door. A small gold coin contribution is requested for each return trip and will help keep the bus running.
“Thanks to local shareholders and our customers, our Community Bank® branches can support important programs like the Point Cook Community Transport Service which benefits our whole community,” Ms Pyke said.
“Since commencing 12 years ago, Altona, Laverton/Altona Meadows and Point Cook Community Bank® branches have returned more than $2.1 million to our local community through community projects, grants and sponsorships we have made a significant difference to a number of local organisations and we look forward to continuing our support through this project.”
The community transport service will be a nine month trial and if utilised by the community, Point Cook Community Bank® Branch has committed to fund it for a further two years.
For further details and to register for the Point Cook Community Transport Service, phone 8353 4006.
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