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.

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.