LATEST NEWS OCTOBER 2014

We have been advised that funding from Birmingham City Council will enable us to continue to deliver the shopmobility service from our Bullring shopmobility centre at least until Mar 2015, and there is some funding likely for 2015 -2016 Financial Year.

This means that the Trustees will have to make further efforts to secure money for the longer term future of Birmingham Shopmobility. This is likely to include a review of the present scale charges to use our equipment, which have been unchanged for the past 5 years. Any change is likely to be made from April 2015 and we will give notice of these in advance .

The current 3 tier user system may also be changed. The 3 are currently :-

‘FRIEND OF SHOPMOBILITY’

Members agree to pay us a variable sum over £5 each month by Standing Order or a single cash payment of £60 or more. This enables them to use the scheme as often as they wish without paying any additional charges.

‘ANNUAL MEMBER’

A £12 annual membership charge is made together with a £1 hire fee paid on each visit.

‘VISITOR MEMBER’

Aimed at the occasional visitor who needs assistance for the day or for a short period, perhaps due to an injury, this facility requires a payment of £3.00 for each visit.

Charging for usage is an important way for us to continue to provide the service and hopefully keep the Birmingham Shopmobility scooters running.

We are pleased to say that with the continuing support of the managers of Bullring we are able to keep the parking concession at its current level of 3 hours free and then £1 per hour.

GREAT FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE

WAYFINDER – GREAT NEWS FOR THE SCHEME

The innovative Wayfinder scheme, designed to help people with sight loss or impairment has been a great success in Birmingham city centre, with great feedback from people who use the facility.

Birmingham City Council have decided now to encourage even more take up of the scheme by making the Trigger fobs free of charge for residents of the city.

Fobs are available from Birmingham Focus on Blindness and Birmingham Shopmobility.

MORE CITY CENTRE ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS

Birmingham City Centre now has a ‘Wayfinder’ talking signs system installed in the city centre. Officially to be launched on Thursday 20th July 2006, the system should be of great benefit to blind and partially sighted people to help them get around the city centre. The scheme has been developed using REACT units developed through RNIB and which have been installed at 57 different points in the city centre.

The scheme works by the user activating an information message at each of the REACT points, which describes the location and gives associated information. The REACT units are set off by a ‘Trigger Fob’, carried by the individual users.

Birmingham Shopmobility is pleased to support the scheme in a practical way by acting as the city centre outlets for the purchase or hire of the ‘Trigger Fobs’. Current price for the fob is £25, and can be obtained with a full information package in a number of formats, including large print,CD,Audio tape and Braille.

Prospective users, support workers or carers can contact us at either Shopmobility Centres for more details or to arrange purchases. All of our various contact details for each shopmobility centre are on the respective pages of this website, and telephone numbers are also included here for convenience. Snow Hill is 0121 236 1686 and Bullring is 0121 616 2942

A link to the official Birmingham City Council Wayfinder page is to be found at the left of our home page. Just click on the word ‘Wayfinder’

Trigger Fobs are also available from Birmingham Focus on Blindness, 48 Woodville Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9AT, tel 0121 478 5217