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Green Party rep Áine Groogan calls for support for SOS Bus service

Monday April 16 2018

Green Party rep Áine Groogan has appealed to funding agencies to provide some clarity into whether it will be possible to continue funding the SOS Bus service.

The volunteer-run night-time service, which provides medical and emotional support, refreshments and clothing and response minibuses in Belfast city centre at weekends, has warned that it may close within a couple of months without further funding.

“This service is literally a lifesaver. Without these volunteers on hand in Belfast city centre on Friday and Saturday nights, there could be many more cases with harrowing and life-changing consequences,” the Botanic rep said.

“I don’t think anyone could be in any doubt that the service they provide is desperately needed.

“I would call on all funding agencies, those that have provided grants in the past and those that haven’t, to consider offering a lifeline to SOS Bus and to think about the consequences if this service folds. This organisation is taking a lot of the heat off our under-pressure frontline and emergency services.”

 

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