What is ShopMobility UK?
ShopMobility UK is a nationwide network of centres which hire out mobility equipment to the public. This equipment is mainly manual wheelchairs, powerchairs and mobility scooters so people with restricted mobility can enjoy independence outdoors. These hire services are low cost or sometimes free to all ages of people looking to access shops and leisure facilities.
ShopMobility centres only provide reliable and comfortable products that ensure confidence and peace of mind. If walking longer distances is a problem or spending time outdoors with friends and family is challenging, ShopMobility UK can help.
Who can use ShopMobility?
Anyone of any age can use local ShopMobility services*. ShopMobility is not only for elderly individuals or people with chronic disabilities, it provides support for those restricted by temporarily illness or injury. Maybe you have broken your leg or have strength problems after an operation? Do you have a child with disabilities who needs pushing in a wheelchair? Or simply you find walking longer distances difficult? Whatever your need, each centre is ready to help you access your local shops and facilities with appropriate mobility equipment.
We are 100% committed to helping and allowing freedom without restrictions – ensuring improved well-being and reduced isolation across the UK.
* Subject to each member organisation’s terms and conditions; equipment might not be available for children
How much does it cost to hire equipment?
Hire costs vary at each local Shopmobility Centre however typically they are very low or sometimes free!
The option to simply leave a discretionary donation is also a choice at some centres. Most centres are also flexible with the time you need to hire a product for – each team member will help you as much as they can. For details on pricing and services offered, it is always best to speak to your local centre.
Our ShopMobility Centres follow an accreditation process resulting in a star rating, enabling customers to benefit from consistent standards. The rating is from 1 – 5, with 5 being the highest.
What is the relationship with Driving Mobility?
Shopmobility UK is operated by Driving Mobility.
Supported by the Department for Transport, Driving Mobility is a national charity that accredits a network of driving and mobility assessment centres. Its 21 centres, with over 70 outreach facilities, provide a range of services from ‘fitness to drive’ assessments to advice on mobility equipment. Service users either self-refer or are signposted from the DVLA, Motability, Police or NHS. Staff include Occupational Therapists and Approved Driving Instructors who deliver a clinically led service to ensure everyone can drive or remain mobile safely.
By operating within Driving Mobility, ShopMobility UK is able to provide a wider range of services and offer greater access to mobility equipment. Centres are now able to more easily share ideas and work together for the benefits of service users across the country.
Hubs Mobility Advice Service
This free service provides information and guidance on accessible travel options for people with restricted mobility, wheelchair users and elderly individuals who may be considering retirement from driving.