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Rudy Norman
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Springdale group has new program to help seniors

A group of Springdale residents have come together to form a new pilot project aimed at helping seniors and people with disabilities who have mobility issues.

Some of the volunteer drivers for Care2ride were on hand this week for the launch of the program. The initiative will see low-cost transportation being provided to seniors and people with disabilities in Springdale.

‘Care2ride’ is an initiative that has seen the Town of Springdale, provincial government and Life Unlimited for Older Adults partner to create the program, which has been in the planning stages since the beginning of this year.

Sharon Pelley, transportation co-ordinator with the project through the Life Unlimited group, says Care2ride is designed to help those who need assistance when it comes to transportation to essential appointments and meetings.

A group of volunteer drivers have come forward in an effort to bring the community together. Those drivers, along with the Care2ride network, will work together to provide the necessary transportation to the seniors and disabled people who require it.

So far, the program has 11 volunteer drivers poised to begin transporting registered riders.

As for those participating in the program, there is a slight cost, however it’s moderate.

The rider must also complete a membership application in order to access the service, and calls the dispatcher 48 hours in advance to book a ride with one of the volunteer drivers or on the bus, which is provided by Central Health. 


For more, see Tomorrow's Print Edition.

Organizations: Life Unlimited for Older Adults

Geographic location: Springdale

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