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REAL Accessibility Event – Tower Hamlets

This charity-led event brought together a range of displays that demonstrated how locals living with restricted mobility can benefit from greater independence.

This charity-led event brought together a range of displays that demonstrated how locals living with restricted mobility can benefit from greater independence. Visitors received one-to-one advice from qualified representatives, including healthcare professionals on:

  • Accessible public transport choices
  • Travelling with a disability
  • Adapted cars
  • Mobility scooters and wheelchairs

Our staff were seeking feedback from attendees, led by Christine Parr (pictured above busy filling in a questionnaire), so that we can help influence future transport services in the area. This is part of our ongoing ‘London Project’ research initiative which aims to understand more fully the needs of elderly and disabled people in terms of private car, taxi, bus, train and tube accessibility. With this information Driving Mobility can more effectively put forward proposals to reduce the risk of isolation and loneliness in the area.

Simon Edwards (Hertfordshire) and Anu Varshney (South East) supported Christine on the day, and Hertfordshire also provided a vehicle.

Further info from christine@drivingmobility.org.uk

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REAL Accessibility Event

Tower Hamlets’ charity REAL are hosting an accessibility event to help you with information and displays from a range of organisations – for all locals and professionals.

Do you have a mobility difficulty or other issue that limits your ability to get out into the community?

Tower Hamlets’ charity REAL are hosting an accessibility event to help you with information and displays from a range of organisations – for all locals and professionals.

REAL ACCESSIBILITY EVENT – Thursday 3rd October, 10am – 4pm.

Mile End Art Pavilion, Clinton Road, E3 4QY

Driving Mobility will be in attendance to advise on:

• Accessible public transport choices
• Travelling with a disability
• Adapted cars
• Mobility scooters and wheelchairs

We will also be asking you to help us influence future transport services in the area.

For more information email: robert.morton@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Please feel free to download the pdf and share:

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Driving Mobility charity seeks help of NE London elderly and disabled to improve accessible transport services

“Our London Project offers a really important opportunity for elderly and disabled locals living in North East London to make a difference to transport services. We have already gathered vital feedback from locals however we need more.”

Driving Mobility, the nationwide charity which accredits driving assessment centres across the UK and is supported by The Department for Transport, is seeking feedback from North East London residents so accessible travel can be enhanced.

Entitled the ‘London Project‘ this research project is being led by Occupational Therapist Christine Parr on behalf of Driving Mobility. She is currently based at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford and is actively engaged with the local community to understand more fully the needs of elderly and disabled people in terms of private car, taxi, bus, train and tube accessibility. Her main role is to compile comments via a quick and simple questionnaire which is hosted at: https://www.drivingmobility.org.uk/london-project/

Christine comments: “Our London Project offers a really important opportunity for elderly and disabled locals living in North East London to make a difference to transport services. We have already gathered vital feedback from locals however we need more. We are looking at a range of factors within our survey which range from existing Blue Badge provision, challenges with certain disabilities through to ideas for new services. Our simple survey is easy to understand and quick to complete. I would encourage all people with an interest in enhancing accessibility in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney to get involved now. This opportunity to have a voice in terms of improving community access will close very soon. The team and I are fully committed to driving change so that independent mobility is possible for all.”

The survey questions what services are currently available and those that are missing in the area. With this information Christine and the team at Driving Mobility can more effectively put forward proposals to strengthen accessible transport provision and reduce the risk of isolation and loneliness in the area. With an ageing population, social exclusion due to restricted mobility or disability is a growing issue with approximately 1.9 million* lonely people across the UK. By completing the short survey, it is the aim of Driving Mobility to use this data to help gain funding for individuals with physical and mental challenges and those who use a wheelchair or mobility scooter. This potential investment will ensure local residents and transient passengers have greater choice in terms of personal mobility in the future.

Driving Mobility is the national charity which accredits driving assessment centres across the UK. These offer professional support and advice to people who need to gain, or retain, the ability to drive following a diagnosis involving impairment or disability. In addition to adapted driving, centres provide information and guidance regarding accessible public transport, assisted air travel and alternative solutions for personal mobility.