COMMUNITY Transport Services Tasmania (CTST) has officially launched its south east office in Sorell with a special celebration for volunteers and service providers.
CTST provides door-to-door transport services for Tasmanians over 65-years-of-age who are deemed isolated or at risk of being isolated and for people with a disability who are unable to access transport.
Clients are driven door-to-door by a volunteer driver and pay a nominal fee for transport.
The new office, located at Sorell Council, is designed to support the increased demand for services.
The organisation operates eight vehicles in the region, with access to additional vehicles if and when required.
“We recognise the growing need for support throughout the south east region and are committed to doing what we can to meet that need,” CTST chief executive officer Lyndon Stevenson said.
CTST has also begun to offer social outings designed to take clients on regular day trips to a variety of activities including the movies, fairs or luncheons.
Mr Stevenson said the goal of the social outings was to keep Tasmanians in their homes for as long as possible.
“And an important part of doing this is by providing opportunities for social inclusion,” he said.
The Sorell office will service clients throughout the south east, as well as clients from Tasman to Triabunna and across to Oatlands.
CTST has 80 vehicles statewide and relies on the support of around 350 volunteers.
Vehicles are replaced every five to seven-years and are serviced regularly.
CTST volunteer drivers must hold a Working with Vulnerable People card, are subject to a Police check and undertake a thorough induction process.
Mr Stevenson said he was “very grateful” for the work of the CTST volunteers.
“We are so thankful for the work of our volunteers,” he said.
“Without them, there would be no CTST – we simply would be unable to deliver our service.”
For more information, visit http://ctst.org.au.
Caption: From left, Ron Price, Anita Price, Tony Greer (CTST driver), Don Smith, Eileen Smith and Irene Smith.