Number: 29/17 3 April 2017
REDUCED FUNDING HITS HEREFORD CITY SHOPMOBILITY
Changes are afoot for the Hereford City Shopmobility Service as cuts in grant funding over recent years begin to bite.
The service is managed by Services for Independent Living (SIL), which has had to rely heavily on grant funding to keep the service running.
However, this year SIL has been unsuccessful in securing enough funds to maintain the service in its current format and as a result changes are being made to the service.
Euan McPherson, SIL’s Chief Executive said: "Rather than disband the service altogether a decision has been made by SIL’s Trustees to reduce the days the service is open. Therefore, with effect from the 1st April 2017 the service will be open each Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The times of opening remain unchanged.
"Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays have been chosen as records show that the largest number of scooters and mobility aids are borrowed through Hereford City’s Shopmobility on these days. SIL hopes that by choosing these days to open it will continue to best meet the needs of the service users."
The reduced opening will run as a trial for six months to see if enough savings can be made to ensure the future viability of the service. If Hereford City Shopmobility is still running at a loss after this time, SIL may have to take the decision to close the service completely.
Naturally, this is a decision the Trustees would not take lightly, but you can help to keep the service running by using it yourself or recommending it to anyone you know who might enjoy the benefits of mobility scooters and other mobility aids.
Finally, if you would like to help in Shopmobility as a volunteer, or potentially be involved in setting up a group of volunteers to take over the operation of the service, SIL would love to hear from you. The more support they have to provide the service, the more likely it is to keep running!
If you would like to volunteer or would like to discuss sponsoring a scooter, please contact Euan on 01568 616653, or by email: email@example.com