New Equipment at Shopmobility

New Equipment at Shopmobility

Shopmobility in Bassetlaw has a series of new scooters and wheelchairs that will allow more residents and visitors with mobility issues to access the town centres of Worksop and Retford safely and independently.

Bassetlaw District Council has added six scooters and four wheelchairs to the 25 already available under the Shopmobility scheme thanks to the Better Care Fund, which is administered by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Shopmobility is a services that enables people to loan scooters and wheelchairs to travel around Worksop and Retford town centres within a limited boundary. A fee is required for the use of Shopmobility’s wheelchairs and donations can be given towards the hire of scooters.

Cllr Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bassetlaw District Council said: “Having this equipment readily available for hire makes Worksop and Retford more accessible for residents and visitors who are experiencing restricted mobility.”

“Social isolation has been a prominent issue throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, so we hope that those with limited mobility who are living in, visiting, or shopping in Bassetlaw will use the Shopmobility service and experience the mental health benefits that come along with spending more time outdoors and in the company of others.”

The increased use of mobility aids could prevent a number of trips and falls from occurring whilst people explore the town centres. Consequently, this could reduce the number of 999 calls, A&E and Hospital admissions, and the need for ambulance assistance for people with mobility issues due to injuries obtained as a result of a fall.

The Council’s Shopmobility Centres operate Monday to Saturday, 9:00am to 4:00pm, and can be found at:

Worksop - Priory Centre Car Park, Bridge Place, Worksop, S80 1DG

Retford - Chancery Lane Carpark, Retford, DN22 6LU

For more information about the Shopmobility scheme contact Adele Watson.

Last Updated on Thursday, November 18, 2021