Bus drivers needed for senior citizens



THE Senior Citizens Centre is in desperate need of drivers for the bus runs which are heavily relied on by Gladstone area pensioners and elderly.

The call for people to volunteer for the buses came within days of a plea from the Gladstone Aqua Therapy Association's for volunteers to assist in the Sister Kenny Therapy Pool.

The centre's welfare officer Narelle Young said its volunteers "all got paying jobs elsewhere'' and were no longer able to drive the buses for the elderly.

'We are down to one driver ? we need at least another three volunteers so we are not flogging the same people,' she said.

'If we could get a number of drivers in place, we can set up a roster so everyone would know what they have to do.'

She said the senior citizens relied on the bus services to get around, attend meetings or functions, and get into town for business.

She said the buses provided the only opportunity for some of the elderly to socialise.

'A prime example is the free dinner put on at the PCYC this week ? many like to attend things like that, but they'd miss out if there are no drivers for them,' she said.

'We are having difficulty find-ing the drivers even though they are only required for about three or four hours and only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday.'

Potential drivers would need to have at least a 'medium rigid' licence to drive for the association.

They would be required to pick up the senior citizens from their door and drop them home later, but the driver could go home in between those times.

Anyone able to assist with driving is urged to phone Narelle Young at Port Curtis Place on 4972 4465.



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