While working with people with mobility issues who use scooters, Upper Hunter linker Debbie Camps identified that people needing their scooters serviced were being asked to pay significantly more than scooter users in other areas, due to the travel times involved. They were being asked to pay $110 per service, plus the cost of parts.
Through contact with the local mobility service, Debbie established that the cost could be reduced significantly if more than one scooter could be serviced at one time, in the one location. For example, if more than four people were gathered together, they could reduce the amount they each paid to $70 per scooter service, plus parts. To facilitate this, Debbie made contact with a local church and talked to the local minister about the idea of the church coordinating the process.
The linker established that the centre was already very inclusive with people from various disability services attending some of their classes.
The minister was enthusiastic saying it fitted in with their mission to engage the local community to who they offered art, craft, and jewellery-making sessions, scrap booking classes, and singing lessons. The minister said he and his team of volunteers were very keen to make their centre “a busy’’, all-inclusive hub.
It was agreed that the joint service would provide a cheaper and more accessible scooter service (helping to ensure their safety), as well as the opportunity to connect with others in a welcoming and supportive environment, while gaining access to, and information about, other interesting and affordable mainstream activities.