STAR EasyShopper Bus

March 3, 2019 Redlands Community News

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Volunteers from STAR Community Services are helping senior Redlands Coast residents get out and about with a door-to-door transport service.

Operating in the Redlands since 1996, STAR provides aged care and NDIS services.

General manager Patsy Wilshire said that with social isolation a growing concern for Australia’s ageing population, services like the STAR EasyShopper were extremely helpful in encouraging seniors to manage their errands independently, while also making new social connections.

“The EasyShopper is a fun shopping outing designed especially for those who do not have access to private transport or find it hard to navigate,” Ms Wilshire said.

“They get picked up from their homes, enjoy a cuppa with other seniors from their neighbourhood, get their weekly chores sorted – be it shopping, banking or visiting the post office – and dropped off safely to their doorstep.”

Each Thursday morning, Redlands Coast senior Violet prepares for her weekly shopping trip with help from the STAR EasyShopper volunteers.

For Violet, it’s an opportunity to not only shop but also spend a morning with friends. “The volunteers make it easy and fun for us,” she said.

The service operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays and, in addition to various local shopping centres, occasional special trips are also organised to destinations further afield, including Garden City and Carindale Westfield centres and the Loganholme Hyperdome.

STAR volunteers Sue and Mike Broadbent organise the Tuesday shopping trip.

“Going to the shops can be overwhelming for some elderly” Ms Broadbent said.
“We are here to give them a hand. We share jokes and stories on the way. I look forward to having a chat with them when we all sit down together to have a coffee.”

Client, 96-year-old Lil, has been using the EasyShopper service for many years.

“I enjoy spending time with my friends. We always have a good time together,” she said.

Rudy Van Lint and Laura Hall are in charge of Thursday’s EasyShopper. They volunteer each week to ensure the service keeps running.

“It’s so important to have the elderly come out and enjoy themselves,” Mr Van Lint said.

“The EasyShopper is a reliable and affordable service that gets the seniors out of their homes.

“Having access to reliable transport is essential to an independent lifestyle for our community’s elderly.”

Ms Wilshire thanked the volunteers who continued to make the EasyShopper program possible.

“We invite Redlands seniors to come along on a trip and experience it for themselves,” she said.

Phone 3821 6699 for information on eligibility and booking.

For more information on STAR Community Services visit www.starcommuntiyservices.org.au.