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Shopmobility back in action in Lancaster and Morecambe

Author: 
John Freeman
Council leader Stuart Langhorn, Jo Williams (project manager of One Voice) Steve Wright (Wrightcare Mobility), Julia Reay (Lonsdale Carers) and Natalie Jones (volunteer) celebrate the start of the new Lancaster and Morecambe Shopmobility service. Photo courtesy Lancaster City CouncilSome good news at a time when many public services are under threat - Lancaster City Council has teamed up with local organisation One Voice to bring back the popular Shopmobility service.

The service, which is funded by Lancaster City Council, was suspended earlier this year when the previous operator was unable to continue its contract.

One Voice has now agreed to take over the service, funded by a £12,300 grant from the city council, and will be offering a new and enhanced service in Lancaster and Morecambe.

The service, which will resume on 10th Agust, will be operating from The Cornerstone in Dalton Square on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 4pm, and from the Cartmel Centre in Morecambe on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 4pm.

“When the previous provider announced it was no longer able to continue the service it came as a big blow both to the city council and people who had come to rely on the service," notes Coun Stuart Langhorn, leader of Lancaster City Council.

“We were very keen to see the service started again and are grateful to One Voice for coming forward and agreeing to work with the council to bring it back.”

Jo Williams, project manager at One Voice, added: “This is an opportunity to develop this service into a real community project and we hope to expand the service over the coming months.”

• To ensure that equipment can be guaranteed please call Lancaster and Morecambe Shopmobility to book on 01524 382764. For more information on the service visit www.lmshopmob.org.uk
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