CALA Drives a Cash Boost For EK Community Transport

CALA Homes (West) has offered East Kilbride Community Transport a cash boost of £1,250 as part of its 2018 community bursary, helping the non-profit organisation take to the roads of the town and help many within the community get out and about. 

31 July 2018

Run by chairperson, Ina Cumming and her team, who has been the driving force behind the vital service for more than 35 years, the organisation helps hundreds of people around the town every week.

CALA Community Bursary / East Kilbride Community Transport - Photo CallPhotograph by Martin Shields Tel 07572© Martin ShieldsCALA donated the cash boost to help them continue serving those in the town with no access to conventional public transport services due to availability, accessibility, affordability or safety and security concerns. It is a direct response to the identified needs of those who live in East Kilbride.

EK Community Transport, offers assistance to local primary and secondary schools, youth groups, church groups, women’s guilds, sheltered housing and care homes and groups with additional support needs – the list of groups who have benefitted is vast.

Ina Cumming, chairperson of East Kilbride Community Transport said, “The buses are a vital resource for so many people in the town, with their weekly outing being the only time they get out of the house.

“I have worked with EK Community Transport for 35 years and the service continues to be as important to those who need it today as when I first started.

“We are very grateful to CALA for this £1,250 bursary as this donation will go directly into continuing to provide our transport service to those who need it most.”

Julieanne Soto from CALA Homes (West) visited Ina and her team at the EK Community Transport base at the Murray Owen Centre to find out how the money has been put to good use.

She said, “Ina and her team are incredibly passionate about the work of East Kilbride Community Transport and I was delighted to meet them and hear all about the incredibly worthwhile service the organisation provides.

“I’m very proud CALA Homes (West) has been able to make a contribution towards providing these services which help so many people in the town every week.”

The CALA Homes (West) community bursary has supported 15 different charities and community groups across the West of Scotland throughout 2018 by funding vital equipment and services. Beneficiaries include Baby, Birth and Beyond, Kibble, Give the Dog a Bone, Erskine Reid McEwan Activity Centre and Bothwell Road Action Group.