Vital service in need of parking

Volunteer drivers Dave Winkworth and Steve Lee with one of the cars. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d410512
Volunteer drivers Dave Winkworth and Steve Lee with one of the cars. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d410512

In the past year Care Options bus drivers have been parking the Home and Community Care cars and a mini bus at the Peel Bowling and Social Club, but the vehicles have nowhere to go now that the club is being demolished.

Care Options volunteer co-ordinator Robyn Gilbert said the organisation was seeking help from the local community to find a safe, secure and easily accessible space big enough to park their two HACC cars and one small 12-seater bus.

‘We’ve been incredibly lucky to park our vehicles at the Peel Bowling and Social Club for some time now, but unfortunately we’ve had to vacate the premises because the clubhouse has moved to new premises in Halls Head,’ she said.

‘We have a growing clientele in the Mandurah area as far south as Preston Beach now, so it’s really important for Care Options to find adequate parking for these vehicles in the local area, to enable us to continue to meet growing demand and assist people as best we can.’

Care Options’ HACC service assists elderly, ill, disabled and socially-isolated clients to access a variety of everyday needs, from visiting family and friends and doing the grocery shopping, to visiting their doctor or attending specialist appointments.

Mrs Gilbert said Care Options had also started operating a transport service transporting Peel residents to Bunbury Hospital for radiotherapy treatment and alleviating pressure on cancer services otherwise provided in Perth.