Wheels need to keep turning

John Pentland MSP visits Shopmobility.
John Pentland MSP visits Shopmobility.

Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland visited the Shopmobilty Motherwell office to hear of the benefits of the scheme.

The visit came about when the National Federation of Shopmobilty contacted him to outline the work done across the UK and to highlight the challenges faced by the organisation.

During the visit, John discussed with Town Centre Activities (TCA) Ltd managing director Emma Walker the ways in which Shopmobility schemes support people locally and nationally.

Service users pay a small annual fee which gives them access to a range of mobility equipment.

This is supported by North Lanarkshire Council and TCA, but following local authority cuts many staff, volunteers and users have been left fearing for the future of the service.

John said: “The Shopmobility scheme is important our local community and of course, the local economy, ensuring accessibly for people with limited mobility are able to shop within their local towns and centres.

“Of course, this benefits local businesses, but also ensures people with limited mobility are able to enjoy the local shopping experience as well.

“Without these schemes, I have no doubt that shops in communities such as my constituency, would suffer.

“This was a great, worthwhile visit, and I will continue to do all I can to support the scheme in my constituency.”