Save Our Shopmobility!
Go North Devon (GND) continue to seek funding support towards the running costs of providing the Shopmobility Service in Barnstaple for all North Devon residents and visitors.
Shopmobility has a positive impact on the lives of many people who are socially disadvantaged due to their disability ensuring they can see their friends, feel part of the community and access local facilities whilst retaining a sense of freedom and independence. Shopmobility clients appreciate the familiarity and reliability of the service and for many it is a lifeline that helps them to remain active, independent and mobile.
One Braunton resident who has been using Shopmobility for a couple of years said that she would be devastated and lost without it if the service had to close. Wendy, aged 56 spent many years as a Carer, looking after other people, but sadly had to give up work when she discovered that she had Fibromyalgia which left her exhausted and in a lot of pain.
At the age of 51, Wendy found herself relying on others to help her get out and about. She told us After being a carer all my life I found that now I was the one who needed help and I was desperate to get back my freedom, confidence and independence.
Then Wendy discovered GNDs Shopmobility service. She said, It took me a long time to have the courage to call them and sign up, but OMG it was the best thing I ever did! Shopmobility has really made such a difference to my life. I can go out whenever I want into Barnstaple to do my banking, visit the shops or stop for a coffee. She added, The biggest thing for me is that it has boosted my confidence finally I am not embarrassed and I can hold my head up and get on with my life.
GND has a current shortfall of £28,000 they need to raise to continue to provide this vital service. If you would like to help people like Wendy to remain active, independent and mobile please help us to Save Our Shopmobility.