Added on Oct 29, 2014 - 8:56am
IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATE
The trustees of the Access Committee for Birmingham, responsible for the running of Birmingham Shopmobility, have had to make a difficult decision to discontinue operating. Unfortunately they have been unable to secure any funding to continue after 31st March 2016.
They appreciate the present financial difficulties faced by Local Authorities and are grateful that the Council recognises the value of the service.
The amount raised through hire charges alone is not sufficient to support running costs and so the decision to close on 31st March 2016 was the only option.
Tony Willis BEM, Chair of the charity’s trustees said:
“We are a small charity and have relied on grants and donations to fund our work. Obtaining money through these channels has become more and more difficult. Any further efforts to make Shopmobility more self-sustainable would involve an even higher burden of charges being made on disabled people who use the mobility equipment. We already benefit from the support of Bullring who provides our accommodation free of charge and a generous user parking concession.
In recent years we have increasingly relied upon Birmingham City Council, a major supporter, for money, but mounting pressure on Local Authority budgets has reduced the Council’s capacity to help. We find ourselves in the sad position where we have no funds to carry on after March 2016. Our hope is that some other organisation will come forward with a fresh and sustainable solution to quickly re-instate this vital lifeline service which makes over 5000 hires annually to disabled people in Birmingham.”
The Trustees have worked tirelessly to secure further funding or another organisation to continue the service. They wish to thank the staff for their hard work over the years providing a vital service to the disabled citizens of Birmingham.