Dial-a-Community Bus volunteers’ special night

Wendy Durston and Sandra Murdoch sort the DACB volunteer goodie bags.
Wendy Durston and Sandra Murdoch sort the DACB volunteer goodie bags.

Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus held a special event recently to recognise the hard work and dedication of its volunteers.

The organisation operates community transport in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City and relies heavily on help from community-minded people.

Originally DACB operated as a weekly service utilising a borrowed social work minibus, driven by off-duty police officers.

DACB chair, Gordon Reid, said: “We had been talking for a while of how to thank our volunteers for their support and with a wee bit of grant funding from Aberdeenshire Council we were able to put together this evening and bring together many of our volunteers past and present.”

Volunteer board member Wendy Durston organised the night with help from the Volunteer Centre Aberdeen which provided all the certificates for the volunteers.

“We wanted to find a way to celebrate the length of service of our volunteers, many of whom have given up their time to help others for over ten years with some being with us as long as 20 years.

“The young children who came along with their parents to help at events have now grown into young adults with jobs who have been volunteering for more than half of their lives. Not many organisations are fortunate enough to have such a loyal and committed group of volunteers and DACB takes great pride in the fact that our volunteer base encompasses all age groups from young people to the retired.”

Mr Reid handed outcertificates and then asked one of the longest serving workers, Maureen Stephen, to cut the cake.

As well as certificates and goodie bags for all volunteers there was singing from one of the younger volunteers, Chloe Milne, a Higher Music student at Ellon Academy, and a surprise free raffle with prizes being donated from several local businesses and organisations.

Wendy expressed thanks for all of the support, adding: “It’s great that the community gets behind Dial-a-Bus.

“We can’t manage without their assistance and we value every gesture, whether it is the supply of a raffle prize or a driver who gives their time to transport one of our clients.

“They are all appreciated and we thank you all,” added Wendy.