Shopmobility Mid Ulster are a local registered charity based in Mid Ulster that provide disability equipment, advice and support to people who affected by mobility restrictions. The scheme was first established in 2010 through an identified need established by Community Transport, Community and voluntary organisations and the local council. The demand for the service is even more needed today, it is much more diverse and severely under resourced, yet provides a lifeline to so many across Mid Ulster and beyond.
BACKGROUND TO SHOPMOBILITY SERVICES
What is Shopmobility?
Shopmobility Mid Ulster provides mobility equipment such as wheelchairs, mobility scooters, walking aids and other mobility accessories to help people get around. The equipment is provided to all ages from young children to people who are elderly and end of life. The equipment provided is not just for shopping or town centres, we often take referrals from Emergency Departments, G.Ps, Occupational Therapists and other medical professionals. Our users have a broad range of medical conditions such as broken limbs, cancer (Chemo rehab), amputations, COPD, arthritis, stroke, hip/knee replacement, or sadly end of life care. We often hear of users being bed/house bound, looking to go out into their garden, not permitted home from hospital (post sickness or operation), visit friends, go on hospital, attend medical appointment, and just do things that others take for granted such as shopping, attending leisure or social facilities. Equipment can be borrowed daily for free, or longer term for a small donation.
The scheme helps to create greater independence to users, improve equality of opportunity to people who are excluded from society because of their mobility restrictions, reduces isolation and helps to prevent mental ill health. On a weekly basis we receive referrals from health care professionals including GPs, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Minor Injuries and many more. Shopmobility is for everyone