Volunteers honoured at appreciation luncheon

COMMUNITY Transport Service Tasmania (CTST) hosted a special Hobart district luncheon recently to show appreciation for its 300-plus volunteers who work tirelessly to help disadvantaged Tasmanians.

A not-for-profit organisation funded through government programs, CTST provides social and non-emergency medical transport to frail aged, disabled and disadvantaged members of the community, including carers.

CTST chairman Doug Cooper said the transport services offered by the organisation enabled its clients to remain connected to the community.

“CTST operates on the principle of keeping people living independently in their own homes for as long as we can,” he said.

Among those present at the luncheon was newly registered volunteer Kathryn Ottaway.

“Driving and assisting the community gives me a sense of pride,” she said.

“I have a genuine concern for the elderly and most people are unaware that there are services like those provided by CTST that are designed to assist them.”

CTST services include transport for shopping, doctor’s appointments, paying bills, visits to the hairdressers or family and friends, and transport to and from the airport.

With 12-districts statewide and a fleet of 70 vehicles, wheelchair accessible transport is available in most areas.

All vehicles are driven by friendly local volunteers, some of whom have been with CTST for up to 20-years.

Having moved from Queensland to Tasmania around three years ago, Ms Ottaway said driving with CTST had allowed her to discover many of Tasmania’s beautiful locations.

“Had I not been driving with CTST, I may not have been lucky enough to see these many different places – I really enjoy being a volunteer,” she said.

Chief executive officer Lyndon Stevenson said he was looking forward to further developing and consolidating CTST’s services across the state.

Mr Stevenson said the organisation relied heavily on its 380 “wonderful volunteer drivers.”

“CTST is eager to hear from people with time to spare to be volunteer drivers and assist the frail elderly and younger people with disabilities in the community,” he said.

For more information about Community Transport Service Tasmania, visit www.ctst.org.au or phone 1800 781 033.

Existing clients and volunteers can contact district coordinator Jessica Woodward on telephone 6242 4507.

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