VAAC Supports the NMR

We were featured in the Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester email last week. So we wanted to give them a public thank you for their support. VAAC was a great supporter of the idea that was born in Littlehampton and we were able to meet with them when the NFSUK visited to discover more about the reasons behind the registration.

When Marjorie a Littlehampton resident had her scooter stolen from outside the supermarket where she was shopping she headed directly to the Littlehampton shopmobility just around the corner. Distressed she told June the manager what had happened. It was this incident which prompted Chairman, Alan Gammon, to put on his thinking cap and work out how such crimes against some of the most vulnerable of our society could be prevented and if not prevented at least increase the chances of reuniting owner and scooter. Convinced their idea should be open to scooter owners across the entire UK Littlehampton reached out to their membership organisation, Us the NFSUK to see if it was something we could roll out to the entire NFSUK membership.

Shopmobility schemes are on average severely underfunded the services offer mobility equipment to anyone who has a mobility impairment either temporary or permanent. This service is a vital life line to those who use it enabling them to maintain their independence and do their own shopping, choosing the brands that suit them rather than what someone else buys for them. It enables them to socialise and go for lunch with friends instead of only having the option to have friends to their home. All this increases the spend of the purple pound. But still, the funding gets cut. Shopmobiltiies, therefore, have to look at new revenues for income and the NFSUK are passionate about finding ways to support both the schemes and the disabled community. The NMR is the perfect way to do both. Every registration means another scooter protected and every scooter protected means extra income for the nominate scheme.

Power chairs can also be registered on the site so if you own a power chair and feel this might help protect your chair you can register too. Power chair thefts are a lot rarer than scooter thefts as generally, people don’t leave their chairs in the same way they would a scooter. However, everyone is individual and your chair use may differ from someone else’s, if you feel the registration is applicable to your use then please register and help support the shopmobility in your area.

Steptember – Stepping out in September

The NFSUK office is proud to be taking part in Steptember. It is the brainchild of the  British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) and one of their 15 sections the Stairlifts and Access Section. This section and some of the BHTA staff will be aiming to complete 10,000 each per day for the entire month of September. The challenge has been laid down to the entire membership body to join in. We hope many members will take advantage of the opportunity to increase their steps and help the chosen charity. We will be challenging ourselves to do this to raise money for the charity SCOPE who provide support, information, and advice to disabled people and their families.

So if you wish to support us by making a donation to our fundraising effort please follow the link HERE and donate. Please also consider sharing this with your friends and family every little helps.

Mobility Roadshow 2017

The Mobility Road Show was a great event this year. Lots of positive feedback from visitors and a great atmosphere across the three days. We had a great time talking to the public about the registration service and why we are offering it as well as letting everyone know who the National Federation of Shopmobility are and who our members are.

Stoneleigh was a great venue, very spacious, ample parking right on the doorstep and the parking staff were really helpful. Inside the information, points were well positioned the eateries were set up well with wheelchair spaces at each table. The toilet facilities were great even having left and right transition on the doors so wheelchair users could choose the one which suited them best before entering.

We were situated in the Hall that contained the sports area and were able to watch wheelchair basketball and wheelchair dancing. Of course, we couldn’t resist joining in on the action for ‘blame it on the boogie’. The aisles were nice and wide allowing vehicle users to get past even if there were visitors stopped on both sides of an aisle which just made it easier for everyone to move around.

We shared the shopmobility directory magazine and the registration scheme and received some positive feedback on our members which is always nice to hear. If you visited the show we hope you had a great time and we hope to see you again next year.

We are Open

On the 28th of March 2017, the NMR launched at Naidex at the NEC Birmingham. Chairman of the NFSUK Ray Hodgkinson was on hand to cut the ribbon at the British Healthcare Trades Association stand. We spent the three days chatting to trade and consumers explaining the National Mobility register and how it all started. Steve Perry of the BHTA had a speaker slot at the event and discussed the NMR and shopmobility with his audience showing the website and the shopmobility directory.

The NFSUK team from L to R. Steve Perry, Marketing and communication Manager BHTA, Eddie Peacock NFSUK, Tracey Lloyd Director General BHTA, Ray Hodgkinson MBE Chairman NFSUK, Donna Eade NFSUK
Ray Hodgkinson MBE Chariman of the NFSUK offically opens the register
Steve Perry Marketing and Communications MAnager of the BHTA talks on Shopmobility and the National Mobility Register.