The British Red Cross’ wheelchair loan offering is still at the forefront of what it does.
As an organisation, it has been loaning wheelchairs since the First World War and that service is still a vital component of the charity’s independent living service.
A report on the News Letter detailed how information on borrowing a wheelchair is now one of the most popular search topics on the Red Cross website.
The Mobility Aids service relies on volunteers who provide advice and support to people who come looking for a wheelchair, making sure they get the right kind of chair for their needs and showing them how to use it safely.
Volunteers are responsible for cleaning and maintaining the wheelchairs and delivering them to people’s homes.
It is the volunteer service that the organisation want to drive and on its website, details how people can get involved.
Describing the role, it says: “Whether our volunteers are at our local outlets, central warehouses or mobile pop-ups, they are vital in helping people access a wheelchair in their community.
“We need your help to keep providing this service. Could you spare a few hours every week to help people near you who need a wheelchair? We have a variety of roles.”