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Fife Shopmobility’s Solutions to Parking Difficulties in Kirkcaldy

Fife Shopmobility is a charity (SC007215) lending mobility equipment free of charge to people with mobility difficulties who wish to access the shops, business, leisure and heritage facilities in and around Kirkcaldy Town Centre.

You do not have to be registered disabled or have a blue badge to use the service or parking facilities.  We have 10 extra wide car parking spaces in the Esplanade car park which are free of charge to customers using our services.  If you use our parking spaces, or one of the surface car parks adjacent to our service, Shopmobility staff can bring equipment to your car.  There is also a taxi/car drop off point and bus bay close to the service and equipment can be delivered to you there as well. 

We are linked with Fife Council’s free Dial-a-Ride and Ring & Ride door-to-door bus services in Kirkcaldy who will bring you to Shopmobility and, if you let us know when you are arriving, a member of staff will meet you with the equipment you have booked.   

In short, we can make access to Kirkcaldy’s Town Centre easier by providing you with a loan of mobility scooters, electric and manual wheelchairs free of charge and with free parking to customers using our service.  We have 13 scooters, 5 electric wheelchairs, 19 manual wheelchairs (including long term hire), 1 PowerPack wheelchairs which can be borrowed on a daily basis. 

Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am until 5pm closing between 1pm and 1.30pm for lunch.  There is no restricted use of the equipment on a daily basis while the service is open.

We also have long term hire manual wheelchairs.  The long term hire service is ideal for anyone wishing to access Kirkcaldy Town Centre out-with our opening hours as the chair can be taken away for up to one month and is a free service.

We provide a bookable, free companion shopping service when a volunteer will meet you at our office and spend time visiting the places you want to go to within the Town Centre, using a manual wheelchair or PowerPack wheelchair. 

Our free sighted guide escorted shopping is for anyone with a visual impairment and they can be accompanied by a suitably trained volunteer to do their shopping.  This service is also bookable. 

Further details about the companion shopping services are available by telephoning any of our 3 services on 0844 335 6414.

For customers using the service for the first time, 2 forms of identification are needed and a short test will be given when you choose to use electrical equipment.  There is also some form-filling to be done, covering Health and Safety, insurance and a customer disclaimer.  We   recommend, therefore, that you phone in advance and arrange a time to come along and join the service. 

Disabled toilet facilities are available at each service.

Donations towards the running costs of the service are welcome.

Please telephone 0844 335 6414, option 2, for more information or visit our website on www.fifeshopmobility.com for more details.

Our Glenrothes and Dunfermline branches also provide all of the services detailed above.  Fife Shopmobility Ltd is a Scottish Charity No. SC007215and is affiliated to the National Federation of Shopmobility, www.shopmobilityuk.org

                                               
P. McIntyre
JANUARY 2012

 

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Disabilities Fife
West Bridge Mill, Bridge Street,
Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 1TE
Scottish Charity No: SC 026112