Online to help Fifers with mobility issues

Kath Robertson, manager of Fife Shopmobility Ltd, revealing the new website. Pic: FPA
Kath Robertson, manager of Fife Shopmobility Ltd, revealing the new website. Pic: FPA

A charity which provides a vital free service to locals who have limited mobility or visual impairment to shop in Kirkcaldy town centre has launched a new website.

Fife Shopmobility, which has two bases in the town, at The Mercat and at the Thistle Street car park, unveiled the new facility at the end of March and is hoping to promote its services to new customers online.

The new website - www.shopmobilityfife.uk - informs people about the service, provides up-to-date information, offers a newsletter which can be downloaded, allows people to make funding donations to Fife Shopmobility and enables users to book electric scooters/manual wheelchairs online.

The service supplies electric scooters and powered and manual equipment, free of charge, to people with mobility difficulties for use in the Mercat and around the town centre.

Kath Robertson, manager of Fife Shopmobility, told The Press a long term hire service is also available for people wanting to use manual wheelchairs for up to one month.

She said: “Our new website was launched on March 23 and it was designed for us by Internet Creation Ltd from Dunfermline.

“It is very user-friendly and anyone wanting to find out the latest news about Fife Shopmobility can get it from our newsletter which can be downloaded.

“It has all the details about our staff, where our offices are located in Fife and it also allows people to book our services online. There is also information about the different equipment we provide.

“It has been on our agenda for the past couple of years to create a new website - we just needed to find someone who would be interested in doing it for us - and we are very pleased with the results.

“We are trying to look at new ways of reaching our customers as many are now online and using social media - creating this new website is a way of doing that.”

She added: “We also want people to know we are based at a unit inside The Mercat as I still don’t think many know we are here.

“It’s just a case of getting the word out there about Shopmobility Fife and our services which are free.”