Senator for Roscommon-Galway Aisling Dolan has congratulated Roscommon Civil Defence, The Irish Wheelchair Association in Roscommon and Brothers of Charity North Roscommon who together successfully won funding of some €170,000 under the CLÁR programme Measure 3 (B) Community Wellbeing Support - Mobility & Cancer Care Support.
It comes as Minister Heather Humphreys, Minister for Social Protection and Rural & Community Development, announced a funding package of €1.3 million to community-based organisations to support 26 projects. This is under the Department of Rural and Community Development. The funding is being provided for the provision of vehicles to provide essential transport services for people with mobility issues. It supports voluntary organisations that provide, free of charge and includes
transport to and from day care, or other medical therapy and respite services, and/or
-transport to or from designated cancer treatment hospitals and centres under the National Cancer Care Programme.
Groups in Co. Roscommon have won over €170,000 for transport and cancer care services under the scheme. The Irish Wheelchair Association in Roscommon is to receive €34,871.15 towards a vehicle while Brothers of Charity North Roscommon will receive funding of €61,416.00 for a vehicle. Roscommon Civil Defence is to receive €73,800.00 towards the purchase of a vehicle.
Senator Dolan said: “Well done to all of the Brothers of Charity and the Irish Wheelchair Association who have done so much for people in need during Covid-19 benefit from this funding. And Roscommon Civil Defence also won one of the largest awards of over €70,000 for a vehicle to support all their activities. It means more people can access services or support in attending for treatments. Normally these organisations fundraise to maintain services however, it is very difficult to do that this year.”
The Fine Gael Senator said the funding means people in rural areas will have more equal access to services; “It will also tackle the very real problem of rural isolation particularly for older members of our community.