Shopmobility appoints new chairwoman as scheme continues to seek urgent funding

November 03 2015

A NEW chairwoman has been appointed by the Shopmobility scheme in Yate as the organisation continues to look for vital cash support.

A NEW chairwoman has been appointed by the Shopmobility scheme in Yate as the organisation continues to look for vital cash support.
It is facing an uncertain future due to National Lottery funding coming to an end and needs to attract more money if it is to continue to run its successful service.
As recently reported by Yate and Sodbury Voice, Shopmobility has been running since 2006 in Yate Shopping Centre.
People with mobility problems can hire a battery-powered scooter or a wheelchair, giving them independence to visit shops and use other facilities in the complex. Wheelchairs are also available for longer term loan.
At its recent annual general meeting, Martin Monk stepped down as chairman after many years in the role, with Councillor Janet Biggin elected to replace him. Mr Monk will, however, continue as a trustee of Shopmobility South Gloucestershire.
Vice-chairman David Bell said: “Janet brings great experience in local government and in the health service.
“Martin has been involved in Shopmobility for many years and he has been vital in Shopmobilty’s great success.”
During its time, the scheme has been helped with grants from a number of organisations, such as local councils, as well as donations.
Shopmobility project worker Sheridan Crew said: “South Gloucestershire Council has given some very important funding but it is not enough to ensure that the scheme can continue at current levels of service.
“Shopmobility has proved immensely popular and successful as it has enrolled many active users, who benefit greatly from its service.”
The scheme’s office is open from Tuesdays to Fridays from 9.30am-4pm and on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.30am-2pm.
For information about the service either email shopmobilitysouthglos@yahoo.com or phone 01454 868718 or 07999 574474.