Dublin Bus employees have launched this year’s Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards, aimed at rewarding the work done by community groups across the city.

Dublin Bus employees came out in force to share how they volunteer in their own local areas, while encouraging local voluntary and community groups across Dublin to apply for the awards.

Any voluntary and community group based in an area served by Dublin Bus is eligible to apply for a grant of €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000 as part of the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards (CSAs).

Billy Daly, Dublin Bus Mechanic, said “The CSAs are a fantastic way to help your club or group grow and develop. I have volunteered with the Iona Arch Club every Tuesday for the past 29 years. We all get together and play music, board games, dance or just sit down and have a chat.

“For us, funding means we can provide the care and resources that our members deserve. I encourage all local voluntary and community groups to make an application for the Dublin Bus CSAs.”

Last year, the CSAs helped local sports clubs to buy defibrillators, asylum seekers living in Direct Provision to establish cooking groups, and more.

Joe Watson, Dublin Bus Driver, said “The amount of difference these groups can make to someone’s life is just unreal. My son has cerebral palsy and it was important to find a social activity he could be involved with.

“That’s why I began volunteering with the 164th Brackenstown Scout Troop as a leader and I have been with them ever since. The scout troop is made up of volunteers and funding helps us to plan trips and carry out so many activities”.  

Application forms for the 2019 Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards are available now on www.dublinbus.ie and will be accepted up to 17.00 on July 12. Successful applicants will be notified by Dublin Bus from 31 August onwards.