Luton shopmobility celebrates 28 years0
Guest Blog by Luton Shopmobility
On 9th May 1991 Luton Shopmobility was entered into the Register of Charities – No. 1002805 and 28 years later we are still going strong. This is due to the vision of the people who started the Scheme all those years ago and all the current staff/volunteers who are proud to be part of this successful charity.
Many things have changed since that day in 1991 – the National Lottery funded an extension to the facility in the Market Car Park. London Luton Airport Ltd had contributed towards the running costs from 2004 until 2017.
We have had to repair much of our equipment over the years and some became uneconomical to repair. Over the past few years we have been lucky enough to receive grants towards the purchase of nine new scooters.
About Luton Shopmobility
We provide an hourly loan service of manual wheelchairs & electric scooters to Luton residents or visitors to the town, young or old who have limited mobility. It is also available to those with injuries resulting from an accident or long/short term disability.
With the support of our mobility equipment we facilitate an increase of access to people living in the community, who are isolated due to disability or frailty.
The users of our services are able to:
Maintain their freedom to get around Luton
Make choices about what they buy
Control their finances through regular banking
Maintain and control their health through social interaction
Attending health care appointments.
More than Mobility
This makes the service about more than mobility, it’s about social interaction and feeling human. It is catching up with an old friend over a cup of coffee or having the chance to buy that item of clothing for a special occasion.
Our prime objective is to help restore self-confidence, combat loneliness and social exclusion. We give freedom and independence to the lives of less mobile people. For us, ‘Independent living means all disabled people, young or old, having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, work and in the community.’
We are members of the National Federation of Shopmobility UK and Luton Dementia Action Alliance.