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Did you know about Truro's Shopmobility?

The people and businesses of Truro are incredibly welcoming and open to those members of the public for whom getting around is difficult but the picturesque cobbles, running leats and tiny arcades and passageways are a real barrier. For several years now Totally Truro, in partnership with Volunteer Cornwall, have funded and operated a Shopmobility scheme in Truro City Centre. The scheme is operated almost single-handedly by one man, David, who's committed to opening up the retail and leisure opportunities of his city to people who find walking difficult.

Open year round, five days a week, including Saturdays, David can be found in the Shopmobility office, situated by the entrance to the Moorfield Car Park, maintaining and hiring out a range of mobility scooters, wheelchairs, and walking aids to people who would otherwise be forced into spending their time and money in more modern, out of town, shopping environments or on-line where the disabled can get around as easily as anyone else. David doesn't just hire out the scooters though, he freely dispenses a wealth of local knowledge tailored for people who need help getting around, which cafes have steps and which ones don't, the easiest place to cross Boscawen Street, which way the disabled doors to a particular bank open, things that make a real difference to navigating a city centre, and to feeling like you belong there.

As you go about your business in the City Centre reflect for a minute on how easy your intended route would be for a wheelchair or scooter user, and if you're passing pop in to the Shopmobility office and tell David about how open your business is for those who find it difficult getting about. He'll be sure to pass it on.

 

 

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10:22am | 29th April 2017