QEF Carshalton: Get Going Live! returns to help young disabled drivers get behind the wheel

Get Going Live! is back on 5th October 2018 and offers a unique experience to young and recently disabled individuals seeking driving independence.

The Carshalton based Driving Assessment Centre, managed by the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, will be hosting a relaunched Get Going Live! event so that young and recently disabled people can experience assistive driving.

Friday 5th October. 9:30am – 4pm. Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF), 1 Metcalfe Avenue, Carshalton. SM5 4NR. Free admission and accessible parking.

QEF Mobility Services is one of sixteen independent organisations, many with satellite centres, which offer professional information, advice and driving assessments for people seeking assistance with mobility. Overseen by the charity Driving Mobility, all centres are staffed by Occupational Therapists as well as Approved Driving Instructors so that safety for drivers with injuries, disabilities or restricted mobility is maximised. As well as conducting assessments on behalf of the DVLA, Motability and healthcare professionals, Driving Mobility accepts self-referrals.

Get Going Live! – Try Adapted Driving And Explore Options For Accessible Motoring

QEF Mobility Services is delighted to be hosting the first in a series of free-to-attend Get Going Live! which will be officially opened by Mayor, Councillor Steve Cook and Mayoress Pauline Cook of the London Borough of Sutton.

The Get Going Live! events which focus on younger people with disabilities, novice drivers and individuals that have become recently disabled. Get Going Live! was originally a popular feature of the national Mobility Roadshow which was held annually from 1983 up until 2017. Attendees to this relaunched exhibition will be able to safely test drive a range of accessible and adapted vehicles around a dedicated test track with qualified specialist instructors. The event will provide the opportunity for visitors and their families, including teenagers from the age of 15, to try adapted driving for the first time and explore options for accessible motoring.

What’s On at Get Going Live!

Features of the event will include:

  • Free test drives and driving assessments (pre-booking required) please call 0208 770 1151 to book
  • Displays from a range of assistive product specialists who supply WAVs (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles), mobility scooters, wheelchairs and more
  • The latest range of adapted driving controls and assistive technology
  • Informative presentations regarding accessible motoring
  • Refreshments and ample level parking
  • Accessible aviation travel training

Marion D’Moirah from QEF comments: “We are delighted to be hosting the relaunched Get Going Live! event. Based on its popular heritage, we believe it will be well attended and deliver a unique experience to young and recently disabled individuals seeking driving independence. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be on hand to offer the latest guidance regarding assisted driving and to provide instruction around our test drive track. We will have around 30 vehicles available for test drives and overall the atmosphere of the day promises to be fun and fully rewarding.”

Contact information
0208 770 1151
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Exhibitors at Get Going Live!

AAT GB Ltd – Powered solutions to manage people up to 160kg with reduced mobility on stairways.  Adult and peadiatric Vacuum Posture Cushions. Bathing solutions. Sleep systems including pressure relief and thermorgulation.  Sensory solutions.

Adapted Vehicle Hire suppliers of an extensive range of adapted cars and wheelchair accessible vehicles for either long term or short term hire.

Barbara Bus Fund  provides wheelchair accessible vehicles for passengers who are unable to transfer and travel in a standard car seat.  Based in Stanmore and Middlesex

Belmont Garage Ltd is a local family owned Motobaility garage specialising in Hyundai and MG cars and adaptations can be arranged.  Vehicles on display and one for driving.

Brig Ayd Controls Ltd an award winning company specializing in design, manufacture and installing adaptations to vehicles to enable a disabled person to drive. Hand controls, Foot controls, hoists for scooters and wheelchairs & steering aids. Installers all around the UK.

Brotherwood have been manufacturing Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles since 1985.  Our attention to detail, customer care and commitment to quality mean our WAVs carry an excellent reputation.  Exhibiting the new low-floor Mercedes-Benz V-class conversion.

DS & P Mobility displaying a Ford Torneo with hand controls, Under Ring, Swivel Seat driver and passenger, Roof Box, Boot Hoist

Elap Mobility are manufacturers and installers of vehicle adaptations. Partnered with Autoadapt & Kivi we have a product range including, Seating Solutions, Driving Controls, the Chairtopper Roof Top Box & Boot Hoists assisting the customer in the best way possible.

Ergomobility adapt vehicles to suit people’s needs within the car, whether that be so they can drive, get in or out, or assist with lifting heavy items into the boot for them.

Gerald Simonds Healthcare Ltd is the leading UK supplier and distributor of lightweight manual and powered wheelchairs, add-on power-drives and pressure management seating.

GM Coachworks Ltd have since 1988 specialised in mobility solutions for wheelchair users including Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles and Drive From Wheelchair Vehicles as well as a Range of vehicle adaptations and have brochures available on stand.

John Preston Healthcare Group   is a family business of 170 years displaying tiemerdous wheelchair power attachments along with active wheelchairs and folding electric wheelchairs.

Kent Mobility Ltd   suppliers of standard and bespoke mobility products with made to measure seating systems with a full in house O.T. service. Displaying power chairs, manual chairs & seating systems.

MERU  supply and design standard and custom made disability equipment for children and young people.  We are selling some assistive equipment on our stand.

Motion Healthcare  provide a small range of folding powered wheelchairs displaying all 3 models.  Also have a new Lithium car boot scooter with 5kg battery pack with 26 mile range.

National Tremor Foundation is a charity dedicated to people with tremors – its mission is to provide advice and support for those with Essential Tremor.  60% cases are hereditary.

The OHMI Trust is a charity displaying instruments, literature and videos showing people playing the musical instruments on a laptop.

Permobil Ltd displaying power chairs, power add-ons for manual chairs and cushions

Shine Spina Bifida charity  provide a range of support and advice to adults, families with babies/children with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and to carers and professionals. Will have information leaflets, booklets, about the conditions on the stand.

Smart Wheelchairs  are an independent retailer who specialise in prescription and provision of specialist powered and manual wheelchairs.  Displaying standing power chairs, children’s chairs, special controls and seating systems.

Sutton Shopmobility R & R is an equipment hire charity that provides wheelchairs and electric mobility scooters for short and long term hire. Our Recycle & Recondition project accepts unwanted mobility equipment items and reconditions to make them useable again.

Steering Developments Ltd  is a small but very experienced company, modifying wheelchairs and vehicles for over 33 years.  From basic to most complicated jobs, providing a personal customer experience.

TGA Living have a range of mobility & healthcare products; ranging from scooters & powerchairs to smaller daily living aids such as walking sticks, special cutlery, rollators, bath mats, pressure cushions, wheelchair bags and perching stools.
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TFL Travel Mentors is a free travel mentoring service to help disabled Londoners become more confident using public transport services. Monday-Friday between 8am & 6pm.  The scheme can be used for any journey in the London area covered by public transport.

VASD  offer a loan equipment service including our new scooter hire service.  We have fully adapted holiday homes and Canal boat. We also sell mobility aids and personal care items.  Please see the website for more details.

Wheelfreedom in partnership with Quickie and will be showcasing the new Q500 and Q700 range of powerchairs.  There will be the opportunity to test drive and talk to the Quickie professionals about the revolutionary new chairs.
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Wilsons Automobiles & Coachworks will have their Nissan Qashqai being used for test drives, available on the Motability scheme to lease and the type of adaptations that can be made to these cars.  With more literature on the stand.


Adult Social Care Information & Engagement promotes the free Surrey Disability Register to all disabled residents and provides information (e.g. winter warmth)

Aerobility uses the challenges of flight and exposure to aviation as a tool for improving the lives of those with a disability (physical, learning, psychological or an injury acquired in conflict).

EcoLocal provides accessible cycles for people to try out plus regular cycling sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the David Weir Leisure Centre.

Motor Neurone Disease Association provides information, advice and support for people living with MND, their families, carers, and health and social care professionals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Motability Scheme enables disabled people to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair, using their Government funded mobility allowance. The package includes insurance from RSA Motability, full RAC breakdown assistance, servicing, repairs and maintenance.

Parkinson’s UK  supply and design standard and custom made disability equipment for children and young people.  We are selling some assistive equipment on our stand.

QEF Independent Living Services   is a residential transition centre for young adults with complex multiple disabilities.  It aims to help young disabled adults to gain the skills and confidence they need to live as independently as they can.

QEF Neuro Rehabilitation Services offer neurorehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation and transition support for individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) from all over the UK.

Sutton Community Transport is a community transport charity supporting local individuals and groups through access to low cost vehicle hire and help avoid social isolation. Information is on the stand and how to join as a member.

Triangle Community Services  offer a variety of services including home care, extra care and health projects in different boroughs. A charity 7 registered with CQC.