The DayLinks program continued to transport a considerable number of residents, expanding the boundaries of its service area permanently as of November 2015 to service the entire City of Port Phillip (CoPP). In December 2016 the decision was made to expand the new area service from 3 days to 5 days per week. While the service continues to grow, it is recognised that it will take time and support to build the expanded program in the new neighbourhoods. Trips and Clients for DayLinks 2017/18 Overall Total for 2017/18 TRIPS CLIENTS 12,082 328 Total for new expanded area 2017/18 (St Kilda and Elwood) TRIPS CLIENTS 1,945 55 Purpose of Journey for DayLinks Trips 2017/18 SOCIAL SHOPPING & ACCESS HOSPITAL GP/SPECIALIST COMMUNITY HEALTH OTHER 4,964 3,245 301 1,865 759 948 Our Impact July 2017 – June 2018
SOUTH PORT DAY LINKS 15 Companion Programs Statistics PetMates, GardenMates, WalkMates During the period SPDL continued to deliver active ageing opportunities to local residents through its other volunteer programs. July 2017 to June 2018 Stats 520 times volunteers came into our office, managed our reception desk 65 times members of the committee of management met and supported fundraising events 1300 occasions our PetMates volunteers assisted owners to care and exercise their pets 412 occasions our GardenMates program volunteers assisted people with their garden 364 occasions our WalkMate volunteers assisted people with companion walks The Reception Team Our reception volunteers continued to support the day to day delivery of our services. With a team of ten, they efficiently registered over 12,000 trips and juggled the daily demands of a complicated logistical operation. Recreational Program (Betty’s Bus Trips) 12 recreational trips were conducted during the period, each trip being supported with a driver and jockey, accommodating up to 9 people per trip. Volunteer Hours 2017/18 (HACC Service Report) HOURS Transport (DayLinks) 7,280 Volunteer Reception Booking Service 2,000 Recreational Programs (Betty’s Bus Trips) 84 Other Programs (WalkMates, GardenMates, PetMates) 1,198 Committee and Other 132 TOTAL 10,694
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS 16 Brian was a prolific donor through the Brian J. Sutton Foundation to South Port Day Links, he also generously volunteered his time and in later years he also used the service. His impact was so great that the Brian J Sutton Award was created and named in his honour in 2011 and is given to volunteers who have provided 15 years’ service to SPDL. Brian grew up in the Thornbury/Northcote area and commenced his schooling at St Mary’s Primary School in Thornbury. He participated in the choir which led to many school concerts. He also sang in St. Patrick’s choir. His working life commenced in the family business (a garage and service station) from 14 to 18 years which he was not fond of, and at the age of 18 he was drafted into National Service and trained at Watsonia Barracks as a non-commissioned officer.
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