Warrington Disability Partnership has collaborated with Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to launch a new Mobility and Independent Living Service in the hospital, aiming to help the tens of thousands of disabled residents and carers in the area.

Backed by 10 local businesses, the initiative has provided employment to two disabled people and will see the Warrington-based charity provide valuable information, advice and guidance to patients at the hospital.

The support will be provided from a retail base located in the orthopaedic fracture clinic at the rear of the Warrington Hospital site, selling mobility and independent living products under its Disability Trading Company social enterprise banner.

Officially opened on Tuesday 18th September, Dave Thompson MBE DL, CEO of Warrington Disability Partnerships, commented at the launch: “There are nearly 14 million reasons why this service is needed, as there are 14 million disabled people living in the UK and 60,000 live in Warrington and Halton. That’s not to mention 40,000 carers.

“This will help to rebuild confidence, improve self-esteem and enable disabled people to have more independence and choices on how they live.”

Each week, hundreds of people leave Warrington Hospitals ward or outpatients departments facing a new life after a diagnosis of a debilitating and often long-term health condition, affecting their everyday lives at home and in work.

Steve McGuirk, Chair at the Trust, commented: “This new service will provide our patients and staff with direct access to mobility and independent living products, as well as peer support, information, advice and guidance to disabled people, from disabled people, at the point where people need it most”.

Over 30 guests were present at the official opening, including the Mayor of Warrington, representatives from health, social care, local businesses and members of WDP’s Board of Trustees and staff.

Before cutting the ribbon to open the new service, the Mayor paid tribute to the local businesses supporting the new venture, including Cheshire Telecom, BAS (NW), Dunky’s Day Nursery, Foden Estates, Mech Tech Automotive, Central Self Drive, The Print Company, Toni & Guy, Hoppy Trust and Health Service Money Claims.

The new store will be open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm

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