What will Shopmobility look like after lockdown?

The government recently

announced the steady re-opening of retail centres and high streets that should see the return of Shopmobility schemes across the country. There are many challenges for all schemes concerning social distancing; cleaning of equipment in between use and making sure the customers and staff have a safe experience. All Shopmobility schemes are different, and each one will be making their own risk assessments, to see how they can re-open and start to offer the valuable service needed in our communities. While we are in this challenging time it is important

still to check if the scheme you are visiting has re- opened and if they have introduced any new changes to how they handle customers, as it may not be possible to just turn up and go. It is important to

remember that volunteers who may be in the shielding groups, which may inhibit schemes from getting back to full capacity

immediately, run many of the schemes. Please make sure what services are available locally to you, or if travelling across the country. If you have any spare time,

and could offer your local Shopmobility scheme a few hours each week to volunteer, we are sure they would appreciate your help in these difficult times. The first place to look for

your nearest member Shopmobility scheme is on

the NFSUK website at: where you can search to find your nearest scheme. There are copies of the printed directory available, that you can purchase on-line, by clicking the link on the home page and then it will be sent to you in the post. Not all schemes will open at the same time as they

meet the challenges and they will appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.

The National Mobility

Registration service introduces NEW lifetime registration

The National Mobility Registration Service has introduced a lifetime registration which costs just £35, providing better value than the previous annual fee. To register your mobility scooter go to, you will need to enter your personal details, an alternative contact and your vehicle details. Please have your serial number to hand, if you have it, though it is not essential.

The NMR is: P A deterrent to would be thieves P Protection of your independence P An aid to the police to help them track owners of recovered scooters

The NMR is not: X An Insurance policy X An alternative to registering with the DVLA (class 3 scooters)

X For cars

It is quick and easy to register online, and you will receive your unique ID number in the post within 5 working days. To find out more about the NMRUK head over to our website

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