Click on the link below to view the most recent statistics from Kerry Community Transport Ltd
With the Rural Transport Programme celebrating 10 years of Rural Transport this year, the latest edition of the Rural Transport Programme Newsletter outlines the development of Kerry Community Transport over that period. Click on the link below to view the newsletter.
RURAL TRANSPORT connecting RURAL IRELAND
Kerry Community Transport Ltd - "Your Community Bus"
See friends, made new friends - especially since my husband died. I get mass every Tuesday at 1pm in Tralee, can get my shopping not out all day. The service brings me my door'. - Firies Passenger
‘Very Happy with the service, I do some shopping, have lunch and meet some family - Brandon Passenger
We are picked up at the door and dropped off there again, it's a great service and always on time. Without community transport I would have no other way to travel - Causeway Passenger
‘The service is essential to non drivers, people who do not have cars, the elderly who would be house bound without the use of this service. The Drivers are courteous and helpful at all times. This is something that is sadly lacking on the public services' - Passenger on Castlegregory Route
‘I am very happy with the service - but concerned about cutbacks in case they affect Rural Transport. The bus service is very important to people in the area' - Passenger from the Ballylongford and Knockanure service
Gets me out of the house - a reason to get dressed up and go somewhere to meet people and have a chat - Tarbert Passenger
‘Just great to get out during the week and get to town. People would be lost without it - Moyvane Passenger
Brilliant, Absolutely great, get to town, driver puts messages on the bus and drop me to the door excellent service, bus drivers are very patient and helpful'. - Scartaglin Passenger
‘I think the Community Transport Bus is very important for people in rural communities and can bring them to town on a weekly basis especially as some people cannot drive' - Brosna Passenger.
‘I would not be able to manage without it now. I can get my shopping on Tuesday, go to the Daycare on Wednesday and also play cards at night. Without the bus I would have to stay at home. I hope the service keeps going because people of my age would not be able to get out and meet our friends without it' - Currow Passenger
‘We do not own a car. The service is door to door. There is enough time to shop in Tralee. Very satisfied, it's punctual, enough time to shop in town'. - Causeway Passenger
‘I feel very independent - don't have to ask anybody to take me to Dingle or wait, I meet up with my friends, it's great' - Dunquin Route
‘Quiet Happy, one phone call will confirm collection at the front door, very useful for doctor appointments and weekly shopping and visiting neighbors in Dingle - Passenger on Graigue Route, Dingle
‘Without Community Transport, it's isolation for us people in rural areas. Total isolation - which could lead to depression - Passenger from Brandon Route
The provision of transport has impacted hugely on our service. Without this provision we would not be in a position to offer afterschool services. Parents would not be in a position to pay full cost of transport in addition to increase in Childcare costs due to less of staffing grants.
We are delighted KCT can provide the afterschool transport service for us. It is a professional reliable service providing ease of mind for our service and our parents. - Katie Clarke Childcare Manager
The transport services are vital for us to provide an afterschool service to the local schools and community. Through the provision of afterschool more families now have access to afterschool on a regular basis. Parents are now able to attend college or take up work opportunities because of this service - Miranda Laverty, Manager Camp Community Childcare
Thank you for your good support over the year and the excellent service provided this year. Without your support the clubs would not be able to access as much as they could this year - Volunteer St Brenndan's Mini Region (Youth Club area)
Without transportation events such as the Tea Dances could not go ahead as most of our group members are dependent on others for transportation, it is most unlikely that they would be in a position to engage the services of friends and family members to transport them the long distances involved in attending the Tea dances in the various location in Mid and South Kerry.
- Margaret Sweeney Secratery Sean Chaire Network
"I really appreciate the service. I don't have much business in town but it breaks up the day. I can get my hair cut; if it's a day for the doctor I'll see my doctor. I go to Mass on Sunday; I go with my son but he's busy with work and his time is regular and he can't always be there. If he's going and isn't busy he'll take me. My daughter is too far away in Cork and I live on my own. I stopped driving at 76 because of my eyes but I am a very inde¬pendent person and I miss it a lot. I think the socialising part of Kerry Community Transport is very important, because it helps you from getting depressed; it's not good if you are on your own. All my old neighbours are gone and the young¬er people have all gone to work. I don't see many people and in the daytime I am home by myself."
Passenger, aged 86, on a service in North Kerry
"It has been well documented that the success of any day care centre depends on the provision of transport, which in the case of Castleisland day care centre is coordinated and delivered by KCT. This involves collecting our clients from their homes and bringing them to the centre with the assistance of Personal Assistants. " Marcella Finn, Manager, Castleisland Day Care Centre
"Prior to the introduction of KCT I was isolated, depressed and lonely. I had nothing to live for. Now the bus collects me at the door, brings me to the post office, then on to the community centre. KCT is a social outlet. It allows me to meet my friends, and live a full life whilst living independently in my own home" KCT Passenger
"The driver is very pleasant and takes me directly to my door. He takes great care of people. It is the best thing to happen in my life and I mean that from my heart." KCT Passenger
Maura Fitzgerald, Chairperson of Sean Chairde, says
"We believe this is what community transport is all about, helping groups to create opportunities for active elderly people to participate fully in activities"