20 Jul Helping people get out and about a great way to ‘Do Something’
Easylink, a northern beaches charity helping older people and people with a disability get out and about, needs more volunteer drivers and assistants.
With News Local’s Do Something Day urging everyone to carry out an act of kindness or volunteer, Easylink’s General Manager Angela Doolan said research just released showed 100% of Easylink’s volunteer respondents enjoy their Easylink volunteering experience.
“83 percent of our volunteers also report feeling more connected to their community,” said Ms Doolan.
Ros Connor of Freshwater, who recently joined Easylink as a volunteer said, “I enjoy volunteering because I like giving back to the community as I’ve received so much myself.
“I started off as an Easylink customer after having major heart surgery, and I couldn’t drive.
“I got picked up twice a week for rehab at Manly Waters by Easylink for two and a half months.
“The social aspect of volunteering is great fun. Ted Craig (an Easylink customer from Freshwater), for example, has known me from when I was 15 or 16 years’ old, and his wife did the icing for my wedding cake.”
“The social impact of transport can’t be underestimated for our customers,” said Ms Doolan.
“Social isolation can negatively affect people’s mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.”
“This can happen as people get older and increasingly live alone with limited mobility, or for people with a disability – our transport really is a lifeline,” Ms Doolan added.
Call 9919 0700 or visit easylink.com.au if you’d like to be part of the Easylink volunteer team.