Warrington Disability Partnership

Concessions and Support in Warrington

We have collected information about some of the main Concessions and Support available to disabled people living in the Warrington area. Please let us know if there is anything missing from the list, or if you need more information.

Blue Badge Parking concession for disabled people available to people who have considerable difficulty with walking or are blind. For a more detailed criteria or application form contact Social Services on 01925 444239.

RADAR Toilet Key Disabled people may need to use a Unisex wheelchair accessible (disabled) toilet. Most of these toilets are accessible via the National (RADAR) key. Warrington Borough Council provide such keys free of charge (Replacements are chargeable). They are available from the Warrington Contact Centre, Horsemarket Street Tel 01925 443322. However, proof of disability may be required. Keys can also be purchased from the Warrington Disability Partnership Information Stall within the retail market Tel: 01925 240855 and at Shopmobility within the Golden Square Tel 01925 231941.

BT Free Directory Enquiries for disabled people who have problems handling or reading a telephone directory, or who are blind or severely partially sighted, or have a severe learning disability. Telephone 195 for more details and/or an application form.

Council Tax Reductions A one band reduction or a discount may be available if a resident has a severe disability, uses a wheelchair, has a room adapted and/or is predominantly used by a disabled person. A reduction may be available to a live in carer who is not directly related to the disabled person. Contact Warrington Borough Council - Council Tax Office on 01925 443210.

LiveWire Leisure Wellbeing Card The scheme to help disabled people, the unemployed and those on a low income enjoy up to 40% off the cost of their leisure pursuits. Visit www.livewirewarrington.co.uk or pop into your local LiveWire centre to find out more. Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub, Jubilee Way, Orford, (01925) 572504.

Carers Leisure Pass The council’s carers leisure pass is free and offers access to all LiveWire leisure facilities across Warrington to give carers a chance to improve their own health and wellbeing by going to the gym, swimming or using the IT suite - carers can pick whichever services they would like to use with the pass. Carers must be aged 16 or over, care for an adult and both must be a resident of Warrington. Call 01925 444239.

Road Tax Exemption is available to people who are receiving the higher rate of Disability Living Allowance Mobility Component. The vehicle must be registered in the name of the disabled person or in the name of the nominee. For more details contact Driver Vehicle Licensing Centre, Swansea and request leaflet V188. Telephone 0300 790 6802.

Dial a Ride A local charity providing accessible door to door transport for disabled and older people. For an application form and/or more details Telephone 01925 419988.

Wheelchair Voucher Scheme are available from the Warrington Wheelchair Assessment Centre operated by Bridgewater Community NHS Trust. A voucher valued to the cost of a wheelchair for which you have been assessed can then be used towards another wheelchair of your choice, for example, can be used to purchase light weight or sports wheelchairs that may not be available direct from the service. Telephone 01925 251445.

Car Adaptations Financial assistance may be available to adapt your car with specialist hand controls, seating, ramps or hoist. The disabled person must be receiving the higher rate of the Mobility Component of PIP (formerly DLA). Contact Motability on 020 7928 0101.

Free Temporary Wheelchair Loans operated by Warrington Disability Partnership from their Beaufort Street Centre for Independent Living wheelchair are available on free loan for up to six weeks. For more detail telephone 01925 240064. Rail – Disabled Persons Assistance - Most mainline trains and stations have facilities for disabled people. For more details telephone 0845 6040123/First North Western.

Teleshop is a private company offering a home shopping service by telephone, they offer a frozen meal service as well as a large range of well-known brands of food plus fruit and vegetables, meat and bread. For more details telephone 01928 579755.

WHiA (Warrington Home Improvement Agency) A home improvement agency for older and disabled people. A not for profit organisation offering impartial free advice on home improvements, repairs, trusted contractors, funding, a handyperson service and much more. Telephone 01925 246812.

Care Call Emergency Alarm Scheme WBC operate a monitoring service for community alarms, telephones and pull cords. For more details telephone 01925 444239.

Concessionary Travel Scheme Aimed at supporting access to public transport for disabled people and over 60’s. The Scheme entitle the pass holder to travel at half fare on journeys within the County of Cheshire. For more details contact WBC on 01925 444400.

Shopmobility Offers free use of mobility aids and equipment - scooters, electric and manual wheelchairs to people with severe temporary or permanent mobility problems. Town Centre tel 01925 231941, Warrington Market tel 01925 240855 and Birchwood tel 01925 822411.

Cinema Discount Scheme Cinemas across the UK support a National discount scheme, which entitles the holder (a disabled person) to one free ticket for the person accompanying them. For more details Tel 0845 123 1295, Fax 0845 123 1296, Minicom 0845 123 1297