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SHOPMOBILITY Schemes Launched in 4 Local Towns

South Beds Dial-a-Ride & Luton Shopmobility are jointly launching Shopmobility schemes into four towns in the south of Central Bedfordshire.

The four Shopmobility schemes are available in Dunstable and Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard & Linslade. An electric scooter may be hired by South Beds Dial-a-Ride and Luton Shopmobility members for use around designated shopping areas in each of the four towns.

The new schemes employ an enterprising and innovative concept, resulting from a close partnership between the two charities. South Beds Dial-a-Ride’s members can book an electric scooter on 01582 235454, which is then delivered with the passenger to their chosen shopping centre and returned to base after hire.  Membership costs only £10 per year and fares apply.  Free Membership if you are a Shopmobility Member – fares still apply.

“This is an exciting partnership between our two charities, which gives us the opportunity to deliver a new cost effective service over a wide area where scooter hire is not currently available. It brings increased mobility and independence to those who cannot purchase their own electric scooter”, said Dave Barratt, General Manager of South Beds Dial-a-Ride.

Jayn Harris, Manager of Luton Shopmobility added, “As always, our prime objective is to help restore self-confidence, combat loneliness and social exclusion, give freedom & independence to the lives of less mobile people.  South Beds Dial-a-Ride is supplying a wonderful service to Luton Shopmobility, allowing passengers from all four towns to visit Luton and use our Shopmobility scheme through the same partnership, as well as our Luton members shopping in all the four towns”.