A new service is being piloted in Scotland that will see residents in small towns and villages benefit from the guidance of a specialist advisor on the purchase of mobility equipment, in a bid to eliminate the need to travel to bigger cities.
People with reduced mobility living in rural northern Scotland’s smaller towns will have access to an outreach mobility adviser as part of a Scottish government fund aimed at creating jobs and removing barriers to secure employment.
The fund will enable City Mobility, a mobility business covering the Highlands, Moray and Grampian, to hire the adviser. As part of the initiative, the company is hoping to host pop-up showrooms in more easily accessible areas, helping those who find it difficult to travel to larger cities such as Inverness for their mobility needs.
The new pilot service is funded by the Highland Employment Recruitment Offer (HERO), with joint Highland Council and Scottish Government backing.
It will target areas lacking mobility scooter outlets and specialist showrooms.
Carol Elliot, City Mobility’s managing director, said: “Coming from a rural area, I’m aware how hard it is for people to get to Inverness or Aberdeen to have a test drive. We aim to take a smaller version of our mobility showroom for one day only to local areas so people don’t have to travel too far.
“Pop-up shops and events will showcase the benefits of using a mobility scooter. We would welcome contact from businesses such as garden centres and cafés who could rent a space to us.
“Once restrictions are lifted, we will be happy to work with community organisations and sheltered housing complexes.”