In August’s ‘Driving Mobility Centre of the Month’ we focus our spotlight on Herts Ability in Welwyn Garden City.
Herts Ability helps older and disabled people to lead an independent life. They are also closely involved in the development of the East London Hub, which is now expected to open in late 2021.
As well as their main base at The Weltech Centre, Welwyn Garden City, they have outreach services in Watford, Luton and Harlow.
At their main Centre, they have recently reinstated their Seating Assessment Service. This service provides seating assessments for older and disabled people, enabling them to live more independently. The service aims to ensure that their clients have the most beneficial seating for their requirements and are provided with a full clinical evaluation of their needs. This includes tilt-in-space, rise/recline, fireside, care and pressure relief chairs.
The support and guidance from Driving Mobility and funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) have helped the Centre grow to what it is today. Thousands of clients have been able to return to driving, learn to drive or continue driving (sometimes with adaptations) over the past 20 years.
In April 2021, Herts Ability made a big step in expanding their driving school and introducing a theory test support workshop. Four months on and the driving school diary is full. At the same time as expanding the driving school, they also launched a theory test workshop, helping individuals who may have never achieved their goal. Indeed, one of their lovely learners has already benefited, achieving a score of 49/50 and is now well on her way to reaching the test standard!
They have also delivered classroom sessions to a local school that caters for learning difficulties and physical disabilities. To date, three sessions have been delivered and Herts Ability has already been invited back in the new academic year to host a new, bigger, and more diverse class!
CEO, Sean Lawrence, comments: “The Centre and driving school expansion is a huge success, and more people are being given the opportunity to become or remain independent!”
Herts Ability services include:
* Car driving assessment
* Driver/passenger access/seating assessment
* Wheelchair/scooter loading assessment (including WAV)
* Electric wheelchair/scooter driving assessment
* Driving tuition service
* Older driver improvement
* Driving Adaptations Assessment
If you are local to the Hertfordshire area and want to find out more about how the Herts Ability team could help you or someone you know please visit:
Tel: 01707 384 263