LINK’s efforts to ‘LINK up’ the West continue with full steam ahead. We need more volunteers, more funds to finance the initiative, more businesses and philanthropists to come on board and more local media to bring awareness to the unmet need for transport in Melbourne’s West suburbs.
Currently there are no funded community transport providers in the West, some local councils run small transport services however they have limited capacity, won’t take people to medical appointments and will not transport people between councils.
Yet, there is an ever-growing unmet need for transport in this area as can be seen in the following statistics:
- 23,492 people in the West on the Disability Support Pension
- 69,724 people in the West on the Aged Care Pension
- 5.1% of the people in the community need assistance with core activities
- 19.1 % of 65+ year old’s living in the community have a severe disability
- Ranked number one in the state of 65+ year old’s living in the community who have a severe disability
We do however have another good news story! We are very grateful to have received another $8000 toward this very worthwhile cause.
Our sincere thanks goes to Transurban City Link widening for a grant of $5,000 with support from VicRoads, and an additional grant of $3,000 from Transurban.
Both grants are to be used for our volunteer renewal project to recruit, train and mentor new drivers, which is a crucial part of our expansion of services in the West.
We would like to urge the rest of the West, the local community, councils, philanthropists and businesses to jump on board and help us raise $300,000 to fund a full roll out in the West.
Just some of the ways you can support LINK:
- Volunteer for LINK as a driver, assistant or in the office
- Businesses can sponsor, donate or partner with LINK
- Philanthropic organisations can fund LINK’s service