Lee Hart, Partner, attended the Compass Disability Somerset Independent Living Exhibition on Wednesday, 10 September alongside other providers of services for people with injuries and disabilities.
The Exhibition was run by Compass Disability Services, an organisation based in Taunton which strives to improve access and inclusion to services for disabled people.
Lee met with James Maben, Project Manger at Countryside Mobility South West. James was raising awareness of his organisation’s project to make “Trampers” (all-terrain mobility scooters) and wheelchair accessible boats available to hire for people with limited mobility.
Countryside Mobility works with The National Trust, The South West Lakes Trust, The Royal Horticultural Society, Forestry Commission England, the RSPB and other partners, enabling people with limited mobility to access, explore and enjoy some of the finest countryside beauty spots and visitor attractions across the South West of England.
James is keen to expand the project to allow greater access to many other beauty spots and attractions across Britain. James said: “Over the last 4 years we have established a great network of hire locations across the South West and there is now a demand from our service users to try and expand the scheme nationally. I would be pleased to hear from any visitor attractions across the UK that would be interested in working with us to improve accessibility for their visitors. Countryside Mobility is a not-for-profit scheme and we would also welcome any donations, sponsorship or fundraising ideas to help facilitate our expansion.”
Becoming a member of Countryside Mobility is quick and easy (you can join at any of the attraction sites) at a cost of only £10 a year (or £2.50 for a 4 week period) and once members have completed a short training session, they will be able to use Trampers at all the partner sites across the South West.
For more details about the Countryside Mobility Scheme and partner sites, please visit www.countrysidemobility.org
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