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Shopmobility to branch out into rural equipment provision after £200k win

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Shopmobility Mid Ulster has been awarded almost £200,000 of funding to expand and improve its services in Cookstown and Dungannon.

It is also increasing accessibility to these services for people with limited mobility in Coalisland, Moneymore, Stewartstown, Pomeroy, Fivemiletown and Clogher.

People not able to go to their nearest Shopmobility location can have equipment delivered to their home, and the project is setting up ‘meet and greet’ points for people who are using their own or public transport but cannot walk to a Shopmobility centre.

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The money has been granted as part of the National Lottery’s People and Communities fund in Northern Ireland.

Shopmobility Mid Ulster’s committee said: “[We] are delighted to announce we have secured funding from the National Lottery to deliver our new GOBILITY project across Mid Ulster.

“Many thanks to the National Lottery who we have worked closely with over the past year to develop the project that meets the needs of the local people affected by mobility and rural isolation.

“We have been working in partnership with many other disability related organisations to ensure this project is people-led and our connections through the Mid Ulster Disability Forum have ensured a strong partnership led project.

“GOBILITY will allow us to provide equipment in many rural towns and villages across the Mid Ulster area, bringing equipment to many events and forest parks, delivery and collection for longer term borrowing, meet and greet services, and working closely with a team of volunteers to offer assisted guides and befriending.

Thanks again to the National Lottery through its People and Communities fund and the National Lottery players for helping make this project happen.

Julie Harrison, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said:“I am delighted to announce these grants under the People and Communities programme and I want to say thanks to all the National Lottery players who have helped make this possible.

“We want to fund great projects that work with local people, build on a community’s strengths, and are well connected to other services and activities in the community.

“We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact these projects will make to people and communities across Northern Ireland.”

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