Greenlinks and Age Connects bring Christmas Day cheer to older people in the Vale


Published 5 January


Greenlinks-Christmas-2Volunteers from the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Greenlinks community transport service teamed up with Age Connects Cardiff & the Vale to bring some festive cheer to older people on Christmas Day.


Thanks to the Greenlinks team providing a free door-to-door transport service on the day, a number of older people were able to attend Christmas events organised by Age Connects and the Glamorgan Voluntary Service. Eighteen guests enjoyed Christmas lunch and entertainment at Bethel Baptist Church in Llantwit Major, while a further nine were able to join the residents at Golau Caredig in Barry for Christmas lunch, before returning home.
Jane Platts of Age Connects Cardiff & the Vale said: “If it wasn’t for the Greenlinks service and John Hawkins and Conway Hawkins, the wonderful volunteers who drove the buses, many of those who enjoyed Christmas Day lunch would not have been able to attend the events. We would just like to say thank you for making the day happen. Both events were so successful they will definitely be run again next Christmas!”

Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Working in partnership with Age Connects I am extremely pleased that we could donate the use of the Greenlinks buses and help bring some festive cheer to those who needed it. I would like to pass on my congratulations and thanks to Age Connects, Wiltshire Farm Foods and those community-minded volunteers who worked together to put on this special event.”
Age Connects Cardiff and Vale offer many services for older people including befriending and advocacy. For more information on this and on Christmas Day 2016, please contact Jane Platts on 01446 795631 or email

Find out more about the Greenlinks community transport service.