Local Link Tipperary support a per Christmas day trip to Cobh for Spafield Family Resource Centre Day via the Once off Social Inclusion Transport Grant

The Once-Off Social Inclusion Transport Support Grant, which is funded by National Transport Authority and operated and administered through the 17 Local Link Offices nationally, allows groups and communities to plan and organise trips, outings, and events which can target individuals and groups who for economic or accessibility reasons cannot ordinarily participate in those activities.

One such group that Local Link Tipperary assisted was the Spafield Family Resource Centre who organised a tour of the Titanic Museum Cobh, a shopping trip to Cork City and a visit to the English Markets for their members on November 22nd 2018.

The accessibility of the Local Link transport services and the transportation grant gave the opportunity for all members of Spafield Family Resource Centre to partake in the annual outing.

“We have had many diverse groups such as Youth Diversion Programmes, Active Retirement Groups, LGBT Support groups, Physical and Mental Health Education Programmes, Physical , Mental and Psychological Disability Support groups, Youth clubs, Autistic support Units, and  Local Community Groups who have been supported by this grant” says Local Link Manager Anthony Moroney. “The Grant has also proved to be invaluable public awareness raising programme in relation to our other Local Link transport services and the understanding the difficulties encountered when trying to provide transport to disadvantaged individuals”.

Groups represented on the day included Cashel Men’s Shed, Cashel Tidy Towns, Spafield FRC Women’s Group, Spafield FRC board members, staff, volunteers and the parents of children who attend Spafield. This trip was an opportunity for groups within the centre to mix and a celebration of the on-going commitment and work by users and volunteers to the centre.