Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Frances Burton has stressed the significance of community transport for rural areas and social isolation.
Speaking at the AGM of CDM Community Transport last week, Councillor Burton said:
“CDM Community Transport make a significant impact across the Mid Ulster area, facilitating more than 72,000 passenger trips in 2017-2018 alone.
“Often public transport is not readily available, especially in rural areas where residents are only able to get travel when the school bus timetables are being delivered.
“Now as schools break up for their summer holidays this service in many areas ceases to run. Those who need the support from Community Transport are often the elderly, disabled or people with mobility issues. This adds, I believe, to loneliness and isolation with little or poor social interaction with neighbours, family and friends. There is also an economic down side to this as many of our Community Transport user clients shop locally thus supporting the local shops, cafe, coffee shops and local businesses.
“Whether it’s travel with the Dial a Lift, the Door to Door service or using the group hire, the impact of this delivery service has been amazing to the locally community offering not just travel but often clients almost feel as if it's a friend coming to lift them.
“It is important to spread the word that others not aware of this service who are socially isolated can get involved to get out and about.
“Community Transport is a wonderful service and I am delighted to support the service they provide,” concluded Councillor Burton.
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