Helping reach services

Making it happen: The committed team of Headspace Psychologist, Karlo, Community Engagement Coordinator, Jason, Lithgow City Cabs driver, Colin Phelan, Youth Care Coordinator Jess and Clinical Lead, Melinda. Photos: File.

Making it happen: The committed team of Headspace Psychologist, Karlo, Community Engagement Coordinator, Jason, Lithgow City Cabs driver, Colin Phelan, Youth Care Coordinator Jess and Clinical Lead, Melinda. Photos: File.

Lithgow City Radio Cabs have been providing an invaluable service to the people of Lithgow and surrounding districts for over half a century. The co-op was formed in the 1950`s after radio was first introduced into taxis and addressed issues such as efficient work distribution and how to better serve the public. Over the past 70 years, the co-op has continued to look at improving the services they offer and recently were able to assist a very worthwhile cause.

Young people in Portland and Wallerawang will now have access to free transport vouchers to attend Headspace Lithgow appointments, thanks to a grant from Energy Australia. Portland and Wallerawang experience higher unemployment rates than other Lithgow Local Government Areas, meaning young people may face barriers to cost-effective transport when accessing services only available in Lithgow, according to Headspace.

Assistance: Taxis can help you in your time of need.

Assistance: Taxis can help you in your time of need.

Headspace Lithgow Community Engagement Coordinator, Jason Eggins, said a core goal for the centre was breaking down barriers to mental health support. "Young people in country communities deserve access to mental health support services - no young person should miss out on accessing Headspace Lithgow services".

We hope that these taxi vouchers encourage young people in the outer Lithgow regions to reach out and make a free appointment if they need it.

Jason Eggins, Headspace Lithgow Community Engagement Coordinator

Eligible young people can use taxi vouchers through Lithgow City Radio Cabs, to access free mental health, general health and vocational support services at the centre.

"Our long-term objective is to improve the mental health of young people and remove the stigma of accessing support," he said. "We hope that these taxi vouchers encourage young people in the outer Lithgow regions to reach out and make a free appointment if they need it".

Energy Australia Head of Mt Piper, Greg McIntyre, said that the grants program runs twice a year and is in place to serve the community. For more information about the taxi vouchers, call Headspace Lithgow on 02 6352 7600.

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