Fingal County Council gathered volunteer drivers, local councilors and partners from Local Links and GoCar representatives in Skerries to celebrate the relaunch and expansion of the ‘community car’ service last week.
Their valued service provides a lift to older persons and those with limited mobility so that they can take it to essential medical appointments, pharmacy visits and to stores. The community car also brings people to religious services, the post office, and social gatherings. The service is a lifeline for those who find it impossible to travel alone or struggle with access to public transport.
The community car service was the first of its kind to be implemented by a local authority in Ireland in 2019, initially serving Howth and Skerries, providing a vital lifeline for older persons and those with mobility limitations .
Community Car will be based in Skerries, although Fingal County Council, in partnership with LocalLink and GoCar, is now pleased to expand the provision of this service to new areas throughout the county, including trips from Donnabet, Portrain, Rush and Lusk. Are included.
It’s easy to get to where you want to go, just contact the local link by phone or email to book a trip and the rest of the work is done securely by volunteers delivering you door to door. With 20 volunteers already signed up, there’s definitely someone who can get you where you need to go.
Community Car was launched to fulfill the Rural Transport Program mission “to provide a quality nationwide community-based public transport system in rural Ireland that responds to local needs”. Providing greater links to the community helps combat the problem of rural social isolation and with volunteers driving the experience, the scheme also provides an opportunity for members from all parts of the community to connect with each other.
David Storey, Director of Environment, Climate Action and Action Travel at Fingal County Council, said: ‘It is wonderful to see Community Cars expanding its service to new areas and growing in popularity and we hope to help those in need. Will continue to bring comfort and support to people who use it. Such initiatives are necessary to include and provide mobility to people who are less well connected to the public transport network or who need additional mobility, making it very difficult to travel by public transport.
The outgoing mayor of Fingal Clerk. Cena O’Rodegh said, “I am delighted that Fingal County Council is expanding the community car service. It has been very successful in Skreese and with the support of volunteers and our partners at Local Links and GoCar
“I am sure it will continue to bring great relief and positivity to the lives of those who use it. I would encourage anyone who needs help getting to and from their appointments to call the line and attempt the journey.’
Miriam McKenna from LocalLink said, “The LocalLink community is delighted to continue its involvement in the car. The expansion in Donnabet, Portrain, Rush and Lusk, as well as the continuation of the Skerries service, is a truly positive development for older people at Fingal and we look forward to welcoming our new passengers on board.”
An electric vehicle has been provided for this project by GoCar, Ireland’s leading car sharing brand. GoCar offers car and van rentals by the hour throughout Ireland. By the end of the year, GoCar will have more than 700 car sharing locations nationally, with over 900 vehicles available for rent by the hour. More vehicles are expected to be added in line with the increasing public demand.
Paul McNeice of GoCar said, “We are delighted to see our partnership expand with Fingal County Council and LocalLink. We are committed to ‘open mobility for all’ and CommunityCar is a great example of what we do. How to live up to those values. Car sharing is on the rise in Ireland and as a result we are committed to making it as accessible as possible to consumers across the country.”
Members wishing to book a tour through Community Car may call LocalLink on 1800 303 707 or email [email protected]