Shopmobility volunteer wins award

May 03 2017

A VOLUNTEER at Shopmobility South Gloucestershire has been recognised for his work with the charity.

A VOLUNTEER at Shopmobility South Gloucestershire has been recognised for his work with the charity.

James Wiltshire was among nearly 30 people to win an award in a scheme run by South Gloucestershire Council, through which each year’s council chairman or woman thanks those who give up their time to help others. Shopmobility is based in Yate and allows those people with mobility problems to hire battery-powered scooters, as well as wheelchairs, to get around the town’s shopping centre.

David Bell, the organisation’s vice chairman, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating James’ well deserved success in winning this award. His efforts are greatly appreciated by all involved in the scheme and its many users.”

Scheme project worker Sheridan Crew and Shopmobility’s chairwoman, Councillor Janet Biggin, submitted a citation detailing James' work.

It said: “James has been helping us for nearly five-and-a-half years and is always available to cover for the project worker in his absence.”

They said he identified and empathised with the needs of members and their carers and was always prepared to take a scooter to those people with more severe physical disabilities when they arrived by car or bus.

They also said he was reliable, keen to contribute ideas on improving the service and used his experience to help people on other aspects of travelling with a disability.

Shopmobility, which has proved to be popular and successful, is trying to work more closely with community transport groups to bring people throughout South Gloucestershire who have a disability to the project.

It also hires out scooters and wheelchairs for longer periods if required.

Anyone who wants to speak with the organisation about its service can call email  shopmobilitysouthglos@yahoo.com or phone 01454 868718 or 07999 574474.