The rising cost of living has become a common topic of conversation as it undoubtedly impacts many Australians. Older Queenslanders relying solely on the age pension and other government allowances are one group who are significantly impacted by cost-of-living pressures.
35,123 older adults living in the City of Gold Coast earned less than $400 per week. Many are struggling to pay for transport to keep their independence and quality of life for when they need it the most. As older adults’ mobility declines, they are not accessing public transport either. Many reported difficulty in walking and standing as well as hearing impairments and communication difficulties.
“Pay it Forward a Trip to Someone in Need” is a campaign that will benefit local older adults struggling financially to access free of charge transport when they need it most. It’s a lifeline that provides life-changing support when it’s most needed.
Donate now and help us change someone’s life for the better!
allows the running of 3 community transport vehicles at full capacity for 4 weeks
helps to recruit & train volunteers to visit elderly Gold Coast residents at risk of isolation
supports ongoing repairs, maintenance and upgrades of accessible beach equipment
allows us to modify 1 of our transport Hi-Aces to include wheelchair access for 2 wheelchairs
“Volunteering Gold Coast is a great help in my life before I was catching taxis back and forth. With VGC the prices are so much more affordable and accommodating to my schedule. If I could say anything about the volunteer drivers is that they are such wonderful people, I couldn’t give them enough praise.”
Volunteer Community Driver’s Client
It’s a heart-wrenching dilemma that Win was faced with but one that she needed to make for her husband. After her husband’s health deteriorated from dementia, it was determined he needed constant and supervised care. Win being 88 herself couldn’t provide the kind of care he needed and now was faced with being separated from her husband with limited transport options to go visit him.
By Herself. Every day. Every week. For months. Win was determined to visit her husband. Despite her not being able to drive long distances or have the money always for a taxi Win would visit him every day. This became a financial burden for her on top of her husband’s health.
With these challenges in mind, it became clear that having someone drive her there would be a great help in providing freedom and independence to visit her husband regularly. Volunteering Gold Coast was able to provide a cheaper and safer alternative for Win so that she could continue visiting her husband every day without the financial burdens.
Drivers are very important for our organisation as we rely on volunteers for transporting our clients to their various appointments.
In everything we do, we always aim to bring beneficial help to those that need it. Our volunteers are truly the backbone of VGC and we are so thankful for their ongoing help.
To see the different services we offer as Volunteer Drivers please head to the link below