A charity in Scotland has launched a new mobility hire service, similar to the Shopmobility scheme, in order to make itself more sustainable.
Moray Handyperson Services, which supports older people in the region by doing DIY jobs in their homes, now hires out wheelchairs, scooters, rollators and other equipment to people for a small fee.
Mobility equipment in Moray was previously hired out by a Red Cross service which departed four years ago, meaning there was a lack of provision in the area.
Increasing costs in the last few years have made it harder for the charity to run on donations and fundraising alone.
The new scheme is designed to ensure that the charity does not have to rely as much on external funding and donations so that it can focus on its core job.
It currently has a fleet of two mobility scooters, seven wheelchairs and a number of walking aids.
Malcolm Aldridge, manager of the charity, said that there is a demand for the new service, according to a local newspaper.
He told the Press and Journal: “The Red Cross hired out wheelchairs when they were in the same building as us. They left about four years ago and through that whole time we’ve had people coming in still asking about it.
“We run a few services on a social enterprise basis in order to fund that core service because prices keep going up and we want to keep doing a professional job.
“We got one of the wheelchairs a few months ago and it has been hired out three or four times since then.
“These things are quite big so they’re usually too big to transport if you’re visiting someone, or going somewhere for the weekend, so there is a demand to use them for short periods.”
Image credit: Moray Handyperson Services