March 8, 2019
A vital community transport service that operates in East Kilbride requires a new chairperson to continue its valuable services. Ina Cumming, chair of East Kilbride Community Transport service has been running its services for an impressive 35 years.
The local community and members of the transport group have raised their concerns as the service may be unable to run if no one is able to step in and take over. Ina, who’s worked tirelessly throughout the years as a loyal leader, sets to step down in her role for a well-deserved retirement.
Ina said: “It’s hard to get people to get involved these days. A lot think it’s just too much work, but it’s not if you keep on top of it all.
“I genuinely worry about the future and whether it will stay afloat if no-one comes in to take over.
“It would be such a big blow for all the groups who use it and is the last thing anyone would want to see happen.”
“For our members to get to and from the club without East Kilbride Community Transport would be extremely difficult.”
June Harpum, the group’s secretary, added: “With nobody wanting to step up so far, we’ve real concerns about the group’s long-term future.
“We feel there must be people out there, maybe who’re retired and have the time to take something like this on.”
Many are backing the transport service in a bid to find a new chair and continue to help those in the local community, particularly the elderly and vulnerable that depend on it.
East Kilbride Visually Impaired Group member, Margaret Morrison, commented: “For our members to get to and from the club without East Kilbride Community Transport would be extremely difficult.
“For some of our members it’s the only time they get out.
“It’s been a real lifeline for us, and we’ve used it for at least the last 20 years and it would be a real struggle without it.”