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Published 21 November 2013

Council agrees additional money for Kinship CarersMore residents and new community groups are benefiting from the Council's Social Transport Support Scheme after new fairer criteria was introduced this autumn.

The refreshed scheme was agreed by the Community Health and Care Partnership Committee in May and is administrated by West Dunbartonshire Community and Volunteering Service (CVS) as part of the well established Community Chest Grants programme.

Since being introduced in September, the scheme has helped 43 community groups in West Dunbartonshire to access transport and advice for their members. This support brings independence to some of our most vulnerable residents who are unable to use public transport and don't have their own car. 

Councillor Gail Casey, Convener of West Dunbartonshire CHCP, said: "The new policy has really opened the door to independence for some of our most vulnerable people and is now a much more open and fairer process. The scheme ensures that money and assistance goes to those who need it most and has enabled us to support more people and groups than before."

Depute Spokesperson of Community Health and Care Partnership, Councillor Hazel Sorrell, said: "The new Social Transport Support Scheme arrangements are working well and we are pleased with the number of groups we have helped access the service in the first month of operating the new service. This service is a great support to our residents with the added benefit of a more flexible service than the previous system. Many of our disabled and elderly residents use the service and it is right that we offer assistance which fully supports their needs at times which suit them."

Selina Ross from West Dunbartonshire CVS, said: "The CVS staff team are here to support any group in need of general information about the scheme or would like to register.  The process is quick and easy and can be done in person at the office or over the phone."

Residents and groups wanting to use the service can apply to WDCVS by calling 0141 941 0886.