A ‘wind’ fall for Carrick youth

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Stepping Stones for Families Travel Connections Project has been able to extend its rural community transport until the end of June this year thanks to the generosity of both Carrick Futures (including Barrhill) and Hadyard Hill Windfarm Benefit companies.

Both organisations have recognised the important part that community transport plays in the lives of the communities they represent and have provided nearly £30,000 to continue the service until the end of June.

Stepping Stones said this week that it would “very much like to thank both companies for their continued support”.

A key aim of the grants is to secure essential finance to transport young people living in rural locations to Girvan Youth Trust Z1 Youth Bar in Girvan which operates seven days and seven evenings per week.

The long term aim of GYT is to improve the quality of life for all 12–18 year olds residing in Girvan and the surrounding rural communities.

Working in partnership, Stepping Stones for Families and Girvan Youth Trust arrange a “Connect 2” service at a reasonable cost for young people requiring transport to or from an activity when no other transport is available.

There is currently a review taking place within Carrick that is looking at how best to provide community transport services in our rural areas.

Carrick communities will be kept informed and asked to take part in the consultation that will help inform how these important community transport groups move forwards and make best use of their transport facilities for the whole of Carrick.

A spokesperson for Stepping Stones said: “We would urge anyone asked to provide as much information as possible.

“Could all questionnaires recently sent to service users and community groups please be completed and urgently returned.”