New Mobility and Independent Living Services Centre opens
The centre in the Lifehouse, Brunswick Dock, Liverpool opened on Monday 2nd April and offers a range of mobility and independent living products. It is open to all between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday and no appointment is necessary.
Situated in the Lifehouse, Brunswick Dock; WDP’s Mobility and Independent Living Services aims to offer free, impartial advice on a range of high quality mobility and independent living products at competitive prices, in addition to provision for comprehensive, professional advice and assessment of Health and Social care funded equipment, all backed up by an extensive range of information, advice and support services.
The product range that has been developed in consultation with disabled people, carers and staff from health and social care services includes three and four wheeled scooters, manual and powered wheelchairs, rise and recliner, and high back chairs, adjustable beds, bath seats and raisers, ramps, three/four wheeled walkers, batteries, tyres and a large range of small daily living products.
The service was developed by Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP), a user led organisation with an international reputation, working in partnership with Liverpool City Council (LCC) and Liverpool Community Health (LCH) for over six months, to develop a user led approach to the Liverpool Disabled Living Centre (DLC) services.
WDP have agreed to work in co-operation with LCC and LCH during the next 15 months by operating the DLC services similar to WDP’s Centre for Independent Living Showroom/services located in Warrington.
LCC and LCH have been working with their Independent Equipment Living Advice Group in developing this service redesign. Following on from this, WDP are in the process of making contact with groups and individuals to ensure that this engagement and consultation includes as many people as possible.
Dave Thompson MBE DL MBA; founder and chairman of WDP said “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Community Health and local disability organisations and individuals. This service builds on the recognition we received from the Department of Health when they reviewed our Centre for Independent Living which they have promoted WDP as an example of ‘best practice’ in terms of the development of innovative user led services. We have followed national recommendations to develop our services, and we receive lots of interest from Councils, Primary Care Trusts and other User Led Organisations across the UK with a view to them developing similar services”.
John Bruce, secretary of Liverpool Wheelchair User Group, welcomed the new centre.
He said: “The Warrington team already has a wonderful track record and we are excited about their contribution to the Liverpool area.”