A mobility shop run by a community group in Daventry, Northamptonshire, is expanding its site so it can establish a new ‘hub’ in its existing building that will offer information and advice and tailored mobility solutions.
Daventry Area Community Transport’s (DACT) store currently retails and hires mobility equipment to people in the district at discounted prices.
Its new extension will allow it to open a Mobility & Information Advice Centre, which is designed to enable greater participation in community life and in turn help users to avoid the problems associated with isolation and loneliness.
The new hub will enable DACT to signpost customers to other essential mobility and health services they may not be aware of such as the continence team, housing adaptation teams, care companies, day centres, social services, council Blue badge scheme and benefits advice teams.
The new extended facility will enable the sale of a wider range of new equipment and add to DACT’s Mobility Repairs, which recycles previously owned mobility equipment to sell at cheaper prices to those who can’t afford to purchase new.
Professionally trained volunteers will teach others how to use their skills and abilities to recycle and refurbish pre-owned mobility equipment.
DACT Mobility Repairs also offers servicing and repairs for mobility equipment such as scooters and wheelchairs.
It is hoped other local shops will benefit from increased patronage.
With increased access to venues, local social groups will be better represented by the elderly and those with disabilities making for a stronger more cohesive community, it is hoped.
The DACT Mobility Shop is staffed entirely by volunteers and currently has 19 volunteers who operate the DACT Mobility & Repair Shop.