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Mobility retailer City Mobility is taking part in a new Scottish Government-funded service to help serve elderly and disabled people with reduced mobility living in remote parts of northern Scotland.

A Scottish Government fund aimed at creating jobs and removing barriers to secure employment is behind the initiative will see Inverness-based City Mobility employ an outreach mobility adviser.

The new pilot service is funded by the Highland Employment Recruitment Offer (HERO), with joint Highland Council and Scottish Government backing. It will target areas lacking mobility scooter outlets and specialist showrooms.

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Elderly and disabled people, as well as those who find it difficult to travel to larger centres like Inverness, will be able to benefit from advice and direction from the mobility adviser in those locations.

HERO has been established under the Scottish Government’s No One Left Behind and Young Person’s Guarantee funding streams. It helps people of all work ages and with the greatest barriers to employment secure and stay in jobs.

Carol Elliot, City Mobility’s managing director, who also has reduced mobility, told The Inverness Courier: “Coming from a rural area, I’m aware how hard it is for people to get to Inverness or Aberdeen to have a test drive.

“We aim to take a smaller version of our mobility showroom for one day only to local areas so people don’t have to travel too far.

“Pop-up shops and events will showcase the benefits of using a mobility scooter. We would welcome contact from businesses such as garden centres and cafés who could rent a space to us.

“Once restrictions are lifted, we will be happy to work with community organisations and sheltered housing complexes.”

Founded in 2002, City Mobility claims to be the UK’s most northerly Motability powered wheelchair and scooter dealership, with a reach of customers covering just over half of  Scotland.

The dealer most recently helped aid the UK’s vital COVID-19 vaccination programme by providing free wheelchairs to help its elderly and disabled customers attend their appointments.

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