Anniversary celebrations for vital Shopmobility scheme after ten years of success

March 28 2016

A SCHEME which makes it easier for people with mobility problems to get around Yate Shopping Centre is celebrating a landmark anniversary.

A SCHEME which makes it easier for people with mobility problems to get around Yate Shopping Centre is celebrating a landmark anniversary.
Shopmobility South Gloucestershire has been providing mobility scooters and wheelchairs for ten years.
It was established in April 2006 after an initial meeting was organised three years earlier by community stalwart Keith Holloway, who did much to improve access for those with mobility difficulties.
Mr Holloway died before the scheme was up and running but his widow, Thornbury councillor Shirley Holloway, said he would have been proud of the project.
She said: “Keith would have been delighted to see his dream of Shopmobility become a success. I’m only sorry that he never saw his ideas come to fruition.”
Shopmobility vice-chairman and founding trustee David Bell said: “I am so pleased that we are celebrating ten years of the scheme in Yate. It has made such a positive difference to people’s lives.”
The service allows users to maintain their independence and make full use of the shopping centre’s facilities.
They can also hire wheelchairs for longer periods of time if necessary, allowing them to go on holiday or to be able to invite a friend or relative who doesn’t find it easy to get out and about to visit.
Project worker Sheridan Crew said: “With the exception of the Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Yate is the only place in South Gloucestershire where people can visit a variety of shops and services through scooter hire.
“Shopmobility is being used by more people from throughout South Gloucestershire.
People recognise the value of the service and for some, using a scooter on a regular basis is an important part of their life.”
The scheme, which relies on donations and grants, is based in Yate library and can be contacted by emailing shopmobilitysouthglos@yahoo.com or calling into the office from 9.30am-4pm on Tuesdays and Fridays or from 9.30am-2pm on Thursdays and Saturdays.
It can also be called on 01454 868718 or 07999 574474.