Mobility Scooter Club, Onehunga Community News July 2015

Onehunga Community News July 2015,

Mobility scooters are usually thought of as a convenient way to get down to the local shops for the elderly or disabled.  But they can be so much more. They mean independence and freedom - the ability to range much further than frail legs might carry them - and always a comfortable seat to return to. They can also cause a few headaches as people get used to using them.

Independent Living Service (ILS) recently started a mobility scooter club to make sure people get the most our of their scooters. The aim of the club is for people to meet and talk about issues they may have: uneven pavements, traffic, pedestrians or maintenance just for a start. The inaugural scooter club meeting was held on the 28th of May at ILS, with Onehunga Constable Gordon Campbell coming along as guest speaker. He talked about the sorts of things scooter users need to know, like how to ride around other people on footpaths, what hazards to look out for and how to keep safe. 

Tony Howe, an ILS staff member who was key in stating the mobility scooter club says "We talked together in a positive way to help find solutions to any issue over morning tea. The Important overall message is about safety. We will aim to have a different guest speaker each time and pass on funny stories. After our first meeting all scooter users left happy; fed, watered and with a goody bag".

Scooter club meeting will be held every three month at ILS. If you would like to register your interest, please contact Tony via email or phone 625 0322.

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