Coronavirus is having a large impact on our lives and we have all had to make changes to stop the spread and keep our friends and family safe.
Some of these changes like physical distancing, staying at home, communicating more online or on the phone, loss of job, financial pressures, and limiting travel may have made you feel isolated and lonely. You might be having trouble sleeping, feeling anxious and stressed, mood changes, low energy levels or worrying about the future a lot more than you did before.
Many people are having these same feelings at the moment and you are not alone. Looking after your mental wellbeing is as important as looking after your physical health. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. The good news is that there are things you can do to feel better:
- Keep in touch with family and friends – via phone or video chat. Talking to people about how you are feeling can help you feel better.
- Get enough sleep – sleep will help your body recharge and manage stress better.
- Eat well and stay active – eating healthy foods and exercising is good for mental and physical health.
- Create a routine that works for you – plan your day and have regular bedtime and mealtimes.
During times like these it is important you know where to go for help. The Head to Health website has information and resources to support people from diverse backgrounds who might be feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or just not like themselves.
You can search and access a range of free or low-cost telephone based and online mental health services or find out more information about how to look after your mental health.
Visit www.headtohealth.gov.au for information and resources in your language, and professional support https://www.health.gov.au/resources/translated/coronavirus-covid-19-mental-health-social-captions-other-languages
If you need support, talk to your doctor or speak with a trained health professional by calling the Coronavirus Wellbeing Support Service on 1800 512 348. If you need interpreter help call TIS National on 131 450 and ask to be connected.
C-19 Mental Health – Australian Government
“We began as three local friends: Helen, Emma and Nicole, hence H.E.N. – Happy HENs! Our aim is to make Gladesville, Hunters Hill, Ryde and beyond an engaging, enjoyable and sustainable place to live, especially in our beautiful outdoor public spaces”.
Stryder is always happy to support the local community and groups. One such group is the ever so delightful, Happy Hens. With two Community Gardens on the go, Henley Green Community Garden and Bedlam Bay Community Gardens, these hens are always on the move.
When their shovels hit the dirt back in 2016, who would have thought that this very social little enterprise has been on one incredible ‘happy’ journey. In October 2018, they hosted their first event “Bedlam at the Bay’ for mental health awareness which went on to win for their outstanding service to the Municipality, the 2019 Hunters Hill Australia Day Awards – Community Event of the Year. They are huge believers in being green and sustainable and always have great projects.
They are all about community and getting people involved.
To find out more about future events or get involved and support the Happy Hens, visit www.happyhens.org.au
11 September 2020 RUOK Morning Tea
19 September 2020 Henley Growers Market
Commencing November 2020, a series of FREE Digital IT classes will be teaching future Tech Savvy seniors how to browse the internet safely, do online banking and video conference using Zoom.
In collaboration with our training partner IT 4 Retirees, feel empowered and sign up!
Why sign up?
It’s no secret that getting digital literacy training can give older adults the skills and confidence to access information and services online. Technology is used in every facet of life because it can provide the speed, connectivity, and efficiency to make tasks easier.
While some seniors are very savvy with a tablet – after all, it was the Boomers who led the computer revolution we now enjoy – put your minds and fingers to the test and have some fun!
Enrol today and Be Connected
To be eligible for the free classes you must
- Be 50 years or older
- Live in or near the Ryde Hunters Hill area
- Have access to a portable device (Apple, Android, Windows) to bring to class. If you do not have a device or would like to know more, contact our office on 9816 5000.
Why choose Stryder
While there is a place in our community for services such as Taxis and Uber, a service like Stryder is a specialised essential transport service provider who has been providing door to door community transport since 1986.
When customers speak of our service, they highlight how Stryder has positively impacted their lives. By using our transport services, they have continued to live independently and still feel part of their community. They have formed connections with other clients, maintained friendships and felt part of the Stryder family.
So, whether you are travelling to a medical or everyday appointment, joining in our shopping services or social outings, or using our NDIS transport service, Stryder drivers provide our clients and their families, a unique sense of security.
Our trusted, reliable team of drivers ensure that you are safely transported to your destination with dignity and care.
For more information on how to register with Stryder visit our website or click here http://stryder.org.au/new-client-registrations/
We have 30 spaces available for our upcoming FREE ‘Be Connected’ digital workshops for beginners. Designed to help Stryder’s clients become computer savvy helping them to navigate the online space and learn how to browse the internet, enjoy video conferencing (Zoom) and feel confident using online banking. If you know someone who would benefit from these face-to-face classes to be held in Gladesville, please send their expression-of-interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, reference ‘Be Connected’. To take advantage of this course people need to be over 50 years old and live in the Greater Ryde/Hunters Hill areas and will have to become an entry-level client of Stryder.
July E-News Competition Winner
To celebrate the launch of Stryder’s first digital newsletter in July 2020, we ran a competition offering one lucky subscriber 12 months of free advertising.
We would like to congratulate Dr Joyce Siette, a Research Fellow from Macquarie University and research assistant, Laura Dodds as well as the team at Brain Bootcamp for their winning entry!
“Stryder professionally provides their senior riders a new adventure with every journey. Our Brain Boot Camp creatively engages with the community to sustain healthy lifestyles”
For more on Brain Bootcamp, click on the link below.
As a not for profit, Stryder is always grateful grant recipient. We recently received a Federal Government volunteer grant of $5,000 which will assist in driver training and fuel reimbursements for our volunteers.
Federal Member for Bennelong, John Alexander OAM MP, visited our headquarters at Gladesville to congratulate our team and inspect Stryder’s fleet.
“Stryder provides critical transport services for those who are less mobile than most, especially the elderly and disabled. I’m delighted they were able to access this grant to assist them in supporting their valuable volunteer drivers.” Mr Alexander said.
‘GOING PLACES’ WITH BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS
It goes without saying that businesses tend to do business with partners that have a great fit in business interest and serve mutual communities. Stryder is privileged to be in a business partnership with three distinctive organisations, respectively.
Stryder has recently been successful in a Community Grant with Transurban NSW. The grant has enabled increased brand visibility to the communities where both organisations service – Stryder in providing mobility access to its clients and for Transurban; in providing the quality road and toll infrastructure servicing communities in the corridors they reside in. This is a business partnership focused on a customer centric approach.
Another one of our wonderful business partners is Link Housing. Affordable accommodation and community transport are two key areas that form the essential fabric to the communities we serve. Having this partnership allows the organisations to mutually work together to transport their tenant residents to events.. We are in regular discussions on better ways to provide mobility access; whether it is for an individual or group outings, it can be for example providing door-to-door transport for their in-residence Choristers to their Art Exhibition venues or in these challenging times, transporting the art pieces instead!
Flyer Delivery Guys have been supportive of our Vehicle Sponsorship Program where they have taken a mobile billboard sponsorship for one of our three types of vehicles. Stryder in turn have our articles featured in their bi-monthly Business Publication ‘BiziNet’, providing us readership engagement with the corporate businesses across the Sydney region.
These business partnerships have enabled all mentioned parties to ‘Go Places’.
Please contact Virginia Coy or May Chang if your organisation is interested to explore a business partnership.
p: 02 9816 5000
We get you there and back on road adventures packed with fun!
With around a dozen social and shopping outings per month including picnics, gallery and exhibitions visits, mystery trips and Silvio’s Day Out, Stryder has been delivering adventure, delicious dining experience and good company for residents of the Ryde and Hunters Hill areas for over 30 years. There is simply no reason to be stuck at home, as Stryder organises social days out two to three times each week, all part of the friendly service.
Susan says, “Stryder has enabled my sister to look forward to social outings. She joins a Stryder outing around five times per month and is full of news about her latest adventures whenever I call her. It is heart-warming to hear how much pleasure she gets from catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, as well as the great experience and food she has with visits to the Maroubra Seals Club, Granny Smith Festival or Birkenhead Shopping Centre to name a few.”
Stryder has taken me to parts of NSW I have not been before such as Central Coast, Illawarra, Southern Highlands and the Blue Mountains. Sometimes we venture into the heart of Sydney city for our adventures visiting art galleries and museums. I really like the mystery tours, as long as it is with one of my favourite drivers, Silvio or Mike! Sometimes it’s good to have no idea where you are going, but know you are safe and in good hands,” says Bob.
Stryder is a for-purpose community transport provider and a registered charity. We receive government support through the Commonwealth Home Support Program to provide accessible transport for people who have specific transport needs related to their age, fragility, location, or disability. We help people from diverse cultural and social groups as well as individuals who have specific transport needs. Located in Gladesville, Stryder’s funded area includes those living independently in the following suburbs: Chatswood West, Denistone, Eastwood, Macquarie Park, Marsfield, Meadowbank, North, West, and East Ryde, Boronia Park, Gladesville, Henley, Hunters Hill and Woolwich. Stryder may also assist people who live beyond these suburbs, should their local community transport service provider be unable to assist.
Stryder also provides a service for people on Home Care Packages (HCP) and participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Whether it is joining in the social activities or getting a lift to their workplace, Stryder is happy to provide a quote. Our areas of focus for NDIS participants are those living in the Ryde, Hunters Hill and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai areas.
As well as these specific needs transport, Stryder offers bus hire options to the broader community. We do around 6,000 bus hire trips a year on group bus hires for local businesses, corporates and community groups like Probus, Retirement Villages, Churches and Schools. A lot of our clients keep on using Stryder knowing that the funds are re-invested to support the communities we serve.
Do you know of a family member, friend or neighbour who would benefit from ‘a big day out’ adventure? When you like and follow Stryder on Facebook you can keep up to date with their social outings and activities.
Stryder also welcomes applications for volunteer drivers, social assistants and people who may have a range of office skills from customer service to digital marketing. Learn more, volunteer or register for our bi-monthly ‘Going Places’ Social Program. Contact Stryder and have a chat with Dianne or Robyn on 02 9816 5000 or drop us a line on email@example.com.
02 9416 5600
We are, and always will be a community transport service provider. Yet ongoing changes to government aged care arrangements and the introduction of NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) will or has affected our government funding arrangements. Thus, the management and staff met with business and marketing consultants to discuss what Ryde Hunters Hill Community Transport (RHHCT) could, should and needed to do in preparation for a new business model and remain an association with unchanged Values or Purpose.
We determined our RHHCT name would not support our client growth objectives or represent the sources of revenue required to build a sustainable future. That our ‘brand’ needed to be more contemporary and distinctive, to better enable us to promote and market ourselves in the evolving and competitive environment in which we serve.
We know we have always done more than simply help people who are transport disadvantaged, socially isolated, frail or disabled within a set area of no longer imposed boundaries. So how might our brand inspire our community by our connections of a broader audience in Ryde, Hunters Hill and beyond? What embodied the elements of us bringing people together in the way we know best: trust, reliability, attention to detail, care, and the tendency to go above and beyond?
What will illuminate that we bring people together and connect them with everything they want to see and do? Uphold our values – the things we believe in and use to guide our behaviour – and characterise what we offer our audience and the professional personality traits to influence how we behave today and tomorrow?
More research and workshops and we agreed on a new name that was directive and linked our proud 32-year history, that spoke “Take life in your stride, with extra mobility. We can easily get you anywhere”
“Stryder” appealed to us for many reasons. It sounds strong and confident and associated with stepping out, moving forward, going places, active and proud. The link to ‘ride’ keeps the functionality of what we do top of mind and alludes to ‘being on a ride’ or ‘going for a ride’. It is distinctive, sets us apart and gives a link to Ryde in its construct which helps us stay proud of our heritage and association to being local and community based.
We look forward to helping you under our new name and ever improving services.
In late March one of our buses was used as wedding transport in the Southern Highlands for one of our former drivers, James and his partner Eliza who is the daughter of our driver, Norman. Our bus looked fantastic decked out with ribbons, flowers and bunting all thanks to Stav, our wonderful Transport Coordinator who was also the driver for the day. A shuttle was run to transport guests from various hotels around the Mittagong area to the ceremony and reception at the beautiful Growwild Wildflower Farm and then back again. Did you know that our buses are available for hire like this? Contact the office for more information.
The Central ‘Coasters’ is the name we are calling a group of eleven friendly clients who recently enjoyed a three day trip to the Central Coast under the care of our wonderful driver, Stav and very caring bus assistant, Denise.
Leaving Sydney on Tuesday 28th February, the weather was very “iffy” however, after a delicious morning tea of scones, jam and cream at the Ken Duncan Gallery in Erina, the atmosphere very quickly warmed up with us all getting re-acquainted again and really getting in holiday-mode. Lunch that day was at the Erina Rugby Club followed by a drive around the local area and then check-in at The Sails Serviced Apartments.
Breakfast each day was out on the terrace at Crown Plaza with a lovely outlook over the beach at Terrigal. On Wednesday our journey took us on a drive to Avoca Beach (with a visit to the old theatre where Stav put on a “fashion show” for us, dressing up in the old theatre gear! She sure is versatile!) followed by Hardy’s Bay, Kilcare, Woy Woy and then a very interesting visit to Fires Creek Winery where we were put through the process of wine-making using not only grapes but a variety of exotic fruits. We had a charming hostess, Nadia, who then took us of a tour of the grounds. We also enjoyed wine-tasting and cheese.
On Thursday we met up with one of RHHCT’s regular drivers, Steve, and his charming wife, Jo, for a great morning tea in the sunshine overlooking the water at The Entrance. We were so relaxed at that point, we didn’t want to think about returning home. However, all good things must end and we then travelled via Norah Head Lighthouse to the Wyong Milk Factory to buy a delicious assortment of cheeses as well as the chocolate shop! Wow, what you can pack into three days!
Our accommodation was excellent at The Sails and was enjoyable and up until the second night – uneventful! However, that quickly changed as the fire alarm went off in the middle of the night. Fortunately for us it was a false alarm but it made for some very lively conversation at breakfast where we reflected on our individual reaction. (I wonder if there were any CCTV cameras in the hallways? – interesting viewing don’t you think!!). Our thanks to all who were responsible for the planning of another great RHHCT overnight stay.
Kathy (for the ‘Coasters’)
Our very own Stav Contellis has taken out this prestigious award at the annual CTO NSW Conference held at Sydney Olympic Park last week. Stav is our Transport Coordinator extraordinaire. Not only does she oversee the transport operations – bookings, rosters, drivers, vehicles – she also does the bulk of the scheduling. Stav’s enthusiasm is catchy. She always knows how to motivate her staff, make all the drivers feel special and always makes herself available. She works above and beyond the call of duty.
In particular, Stav has worked tirelessly to increase our individual transport operation by at least 16% over the last two years. In the last quarter alone she has increased our trips by 719 trips (in comparison to same time last year). Stav has an excellent team behind her but her ability to retain and build a keen volunteer driver base and her can-do attitude has been the driving force.
Congratulations Stav. We’re very proud of you. Your empathy and care for each and every client shines through all that you do.
Seniors Week saw an increase in activity for many community organisations in March. One particular event I’d like to tell you about is the Driver Safety Workshop that was held in conjunction with Hunters Hill Council.
In our Community Transport bus we took 19 people over to St Ives where they attended the workshop. I was lucky enough to be able to join in.[showhide type=”blog” more_text=”Show more…” less_text=”Show less…”]
The team from HARTS Driver Safety offered tips on staying safe on our roads and helpful driving techniques. It included safety demonstrations and morning tea and the gentlemen were only too happy to answer the many questions put to them, including mine!
I now feel more confident driving and appreciate being reminded of road rules, especially regarding roundabouts and lane merging. We were also reminded that once drivers reach 85 years of age they need to have a Senior Driver Assessment through the RMS. Thank you Community Transport and Hunters Hill Council for organising. It was well worth it.[/showhide]
Once a month our clients enjoy a social outing on a Saturday. These are extra-special events, loved by those who attend. They are organised by Stav Contellis, who has the knack of making the days exciting and the passengers are made to feel very special indeed. Recent Mystery Trips have taken the clients to Cronulla, Bulli and the Blue Mountains to see the newly renovated Hydro Majestic followed by lunch at the Blackheath Pub and the chance to browse the antique shop.[showhide type=”blog” more_text=”Show more…” less_text=”Show less…”]
In February eight happy passengers set forth on an outing to Riverside Theatre at Parramatta to see the well known musical Phantom of the Opera. This is the first time we offered a Saturday Theatre trip and it was very well received. So much so, that we have nearly doubled our interest for the next one in June to see Mary Poppins.
The April May Social Program is now out. We are heading to Wollongong, The Entrance, Northern Beaches, Springwood as well as some venues closer to home. In April we are going to see the Art Express HSC exhibition at Newington Armory.
Our social outings provide an opportunity for clients to make new friends and get to places that they are now unable to access due to lack of transport. If you are interested in participating please call 02 9816 5000.[/showhide]
It was December 16th, 2013. Bev bit the bullet and decided to join the Community Transport Christmas Lights outing. This was her first time out with a group of total strangers. Bev never looked back. That night she met Norma, who has become one of her closest friends. They now go on outings together, see each other most weeks and if they don’t are always on the phone to each other.[showhide type=”blog” more_text=”Show more…” less_text=”Show less…”]
A couple of years ago Bev lost her husband and not long after that stopped driving. This caused her to become isolated and depressed. She is so thankful that she found Community Transport because it “saved her life”. A life that was starting to become very lonely.
Talking to her today you would neve know of the heartache she was going through. Her life has been turned around.
If this story resonates with you, why not consider joining our social outings, or letting a friend know about our service. Our number is 02 9816 5000.[/showhide]
“What a fantastic team Rosalyn has to be able to enjoy a partially independent life with you all by her side! She recently expressed to me, “in the last years Stryder has made me the happiest in my life”. Thank you – Jeanette – sister.
Stryder has provided a quality service and I look forward to booking more buses when we are able to go on excursions again in the future.
“I would like to thank Robyn for going the extra mile and assisting me with
my registration for your service. The whole process went seamlessly and your
drivers are excellent.”
“Thank you for your wonderful service yesterday, making our Rotary Club’s “Vivid Experience” simple and convenient, with personalised service from your team”.
“I would like to thank Stav for her last minute efforts in providing me with transport to my medical appointment today. I was very worried about missing it, so very appreciative of the effort she made. Great Job Stav!”Maree G.
“Thank you for a great service. Joseph drove me to and from Macquarie Centre. Joseph was very helpful and assisted me to the door with care. I appreciated this especially, as it was raining”.Mavis R
“I had a lovely trip today to Bondi Beach. Silvio also took us for a scenic drive on the way home and he is very knowledgeable about the area, thanks for a lovely day”.Betty W
“All your drivers are unsung heroes and they should be the ones receiving medals on Australia Day! I would like to thank Iain who helped me yesterday as I was having a bad day and he made it better for me.”Olive S.
“Maria just wanted to say a big thank you for all our help last year and earlier this year and wanted to wish all the staff a merry Christmas as without our help she does not know how she would have coped without our assistance.”Maria C.
“I was very nervous today because it was my first time using your service but Steve the driver made my trip comfortable and I would like to thank Steve for all his help.”Mary S.
“Dianne, thank you for dropping the forms off at my home. Such a load off my mind to know someone is there to help me to my medical appointments. I really appreciate your dedication.”Edna E.
“Many thanks to all the drivers and bus assistants. They are so helpful and make our social outings wonderful and enjoyable. They are good drivers and we feel relaxed, safe and comfortable.”Betty W
“Thank you so much Robyn & Dianne for taking special care of us at Mary Poppins last week, your help was greatly appreciated.”Lauris & Ailsa (HHL)
“Malia & staff, thank you very much for caring and supporting my husband.”Sofi & Samir
“To all the voluntary workers at Stryder for their tireless workers in the office for being so patient and understanding. Thank you for all your tireless hands & feet.”Hazel S
“Stav & Malia, What a great trip I had thanks to the both of you. You certainly went beyond your duties always there for us all and taking us to beautiful places, so relaxing, you both did work very hard and never grumbled. I shall always remember Port Stephens trip so thank you both.”Joan R
“On behalf of the Eastwood Ladies Probus Club we would like to pass on a very big thank you to Mike the driver who drove us to Ettalong Diggers Club for our Christmas in July Luncheon. Mike was a very careful, friendly and a thorough gentlemen which made our day very pleasant.”Barbara S.
“Dear Alan, Just a note to express our appreciation to you, as the driver, transporting the members of the Eastwood Garden Club today…. Thank you for being so pleasant and agreeable, with such competent driving skills.”Margaret C
“Thanks to Ken, who seamlessly handled the situation when bus had a flat tyre. Excellent composure and passengers were hardly inconvenienced at all.”Elaine C
“I had an enjoyable morning shopping at Macquarie (Centre) today…. Wonderful, friendly drivers and we are so well looked after. It’s a wonderful service.”Margaret W
“Thanks to all the Community Transport team for your tremendous, supportive, help. Heartfelt thanks for meeting the needs of people like me.”Daniel C