West of Scotland MSP Ken Macintosh marked Volunteers’ Week by joining volunteers at Community Transport East Renfrewshire at a special afternoon tea.
The event was organised to say thanks to the volunteers who keep the service going.
Community Transport East Renfrewshire – also known locally as ‘your wee red bus’ – relies on its volunteers, including project manager Anne Marie Kennedy, to help transport members of the community to and from medical appointments.
In addition to transporting patients to GP appointments, hospitals and clinics across the greater Glasgow area, the volunteers also help organise afternoon teas and assisted shopping days for those who are disadvantaged due to age, ill health, disability or financial hardship.
A long-time supporter of Community Transport East Renfrewshire, Mr Macintosh was more than happy to don an apron and let the volunteers enjoy a well-deserved rest as he assisted in serving the tea and cakes.
Mr Macintosh said: “Whether it is providing a lift to the GP surgery or helping hand with the shopping, the volunteers ensure a friendly face to get you from A to B. It is no wonder they continue to be a much-loved and highly-valued service across East Renfrewshire.”
Porject manager Anne Marie Kennedy added: “Our volunteers are the lifeblood of ‘Your Wee Red Bus’, and it is wonderful to see how much they benefit from being involved, as well as the obvious difference it makes to the people we support.
“I am delighted Ken could join us in saying thank you for the incredible contribution our volunteers make to Community Transport East Renfrewshire.
“Afternoon Tea may seem like a small gesture but I just want them to know how much we all appreciate them giving up their time to help.”
To find out more about the volunteer opportunities available with Community Transport East Renfrewshire visit Your Wee Red Bus