Motability customers can now lease wheelchairs

New customers who lease vehicles through the Motability scheme can now also lease lightweight wheelchairs for an upfront cost of £100. Ideal for those who may need support once they’ve reached their destination.

The Wheelchair is provided on a lease basis, just like any other vehicle on the Motability scheme. However, unlike your car, there are no monthly payments and no additional money is taken from your mobility allowance.

Currently, there are two lightweight wheelchairs to choose from. One for wheelchair users who self-propel and another for those who need assistance propelling.

The wheelchairs are designed to enable wheelchairs users to avoid the hassle of dismantling and stowing their main wheelchair when going out and about.

To find out more about the Motability wheelchair lease scheme, please click here.

NHS England Personal Budget Survey

As part of its plan to increase personal health budgets to 200,000 people by 2023/24, the NHS are looking for feedback from current or past integrated personal budget, personal health budget and personal wheelchair budget users.

NHS England will use the survey findings to understand progress, and to prioritise their work to support local and national quality improvement.

Relatives, carers or friends can fill in the questionnaire on your behalf.

The questionnaire should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

To access the survey, please click here.

To find out more about the plans to extend PHB’s, please click here.

To find out more about PHB’s, please click here.

Try a Train experience - trains made easy!

The ‘Try a Train’ experience provides an ideal opportunity for those who lack confidence travelling by train to visit our stations and to experience a train journey. The trips are delivered jointly by Sussex Community Rail Partnership and GTR. They are aimed at young people (aged 16+) who have any form of disability or access needs who wish to build their confidence when travelling.

During the experience, the trip will be tailored to your group’s specific needs and interests.  A typical ‘Try a Train’ experience will consist of:

  • Introduction to the station layout, including car parking, onward travel and various station facilities
  • Buying a ticket including ticket office, ticket machines and smart cards
  • Meet the local station manager and station teams
  • A chance to try an accompanied train trip to an interesting destination

By the end of the trip your group will have experienced a complete journey that will encourage further travel with confidence, without any anxieties or concerns. 

Group sizes are kept small, usually 5 to 12 participants, including any carers.

To make a booking please contact:

Maddy Mills (Education Officer)

Sussex Community Rail Partnership

[email protected] / 07852 221274

Baby and Paediatric first aid courses

To Baby and Beyond run first aid courses for Babies and Paediatrics.

Both courses are aimed at child carers, including: nursery staff, childminders, at home child carers, au pairs, nannies and anyone wishing to voluntarily join the OFSTED register. 

Courses run between 8 and 12 hours and take place across London and Sussex.

They can also be run from your home if you’re unable to attend a course.

For baby courses, please click here

For paediatric courses, please click here