Community Care and Transport Co-operative
The Community Care and Transport Co-operative (CCAT) is an initiative to allow non-profit community care providers to thrive in a changing funding and policy environment, while retaining our core values and continuing to serve our communities.
The concept of CCAT is to allow its members to remain as local community focused service providers while building a core business support service ensuring that operating costs are minimised. This is accomplished by CCAT members outsourcing their administrative and overhead functions to a central location. CCAT members can also gain more buying power by tendering together, and advocate together with government and business partners. The co-operative seeks to be a ‘third way’ in helping community transport and home support organisations serve local communities with leading edge business services, advocacy and thought leadership.
Our goal is not merely surviving the changing environment, but to far surpass it by become better versions of ourselves. We aim to provide more care, to more people, with even higher standards of service. Each member is engaging its local community more extensively than ever, and we are setting the standards that will carry to the entire state of New South Wales. Through CCAT, our operations are being streamlined to maximise efficient use of resources to expand the variety and flexibility of services all for Australians regardless of circumstances.
Parramatta community transport provider Community Wheels Inc. has been successful in applying for a $10,000 grant through the Sydney Motorway Corporation Community Grant Scheme to purchase nine computers to provide unemployed volunteers with essential equipment to assist local elderly and disabled residents.
“Community transport is essential to enabling people to continue living independently in their own homes,” says Community Wheels Manager Teresa Rivas.
In 2018 the Commonwealth Government proposes to end block funding for Community Transport services. This will mean that transport costs for the elderly and disabled could increase up to 2000% to meet the the new user pays system. These changes will also mean loss of employment in the Care Sector for hundreds of workers. Please sign the petition to keep block funding for Community Transport and keep prices reasonable for all transport disadvantaged people.