Mayor to launch independent living exhibition in Wrexham

Mobility Access RoadshowDisabled people, carers and their families are being invited to an all-day interactive independent living exhibition of mobility including accessibility, disabled support equipment and support services, taking place in Wrexham in November.

>One of the most prominent exhibitions of its kind to take place this year in the Cheshire and the North West area, Mobility Access Roadshow will throw its doors open to the public at 11am on Saturday November 22, sponsored by car retailer Wrexham Volkswagen. The event will be formally opened by Cllr Alan Edwards, the Mayor of Wrexham, and doors will remain open until 4pm. Admission and parking are free and refreshments will be available.

Visitors can expect a broad mix of local and national support groups and equipment suppliers, with entertainment and displays provided by the Cheshire Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club throughout the day.

The Disabled Motorist Federation, a motoring organisation for disabled drivers, will be well represented as will vehicle adaptations company Access Alternatives, who will demonstrate their various car controls, seating and access adaptations which can be fitted to almost any make of vehicle. Wrexham Volkswagen’s Motability advisors will also be on hand to talk to visitors interested in purchasing a new Volkswagen on this popular scheme.

But the Mobility Access Roadshow is not just about motoring and cars, emphasise the organisers. Representatives from local disabled support groups and suppliers of wheelchairs, scooters, home lifts, ramps and exercise equipment will also feature and visitors will have an opportunity to try out equipment and discuss their needs with the specialists.

Cheshire-based independent living and mobility equipment superstore Ableworld will have a major presence at the Wrexham event, with a central display of everyday living aids including over-bed tables, bath aids, seating, security devices, specialised telephones, scooters and lots of household accessories and Christmas gift ideas for people with disabilities.

Charlotte’s Tandems, who hire out Tandems and tag-alongs for children and adults with disabilities or special needs, will have a display and other confirmed exhibitors include the Clwyd Special Riding Centre, a riding facility for people with disabilities, carer support organisation the Wrexham Carers Service, and The Rehab Physio (Bioness), who will demonstrate their neurorehabilitation technology, functional electrical stimulation and specialist computer games for visitors to try out.

Wessex Lifts and Cyclone Mobility will demonstrate their ranges of home lifts, wheelchairs and multi-gym equipment, and the Yoga Tree Therapy & Learning Centre will have a Yoga instructor on-hand to give visitors information and advice. Demonstrations will also be offered from a seated position throughout the day.

Information and brochures from suppliers of various aids, travel and leisure services and support groups unable to attend will also be available for visitors to take away.

The all-day show takes place in Wrexham Volkswagen’s car showroom in the Rhosddu Industrial Estate, Rhosrobin, Wrexham, with free parking available on the premises. Admission is free and further information on the Mobility Access Roadshow is available from the event organisers AVF on tel 01992 503129.

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