Getting a mobility scooter can be the key to keeping your independence for longer, however, depending on the type of scooter you are considering, they are not a small investment. Thankfully, although the NHS does not typically support funding or donate mobility scooters, there are various charities and grants available to support your commitment.
Do you need financial help for a mobility scooter?
If you require some financial aid to support you in getting your electric wheelchair or scooter, it’s possible to apply for a number of UK based charities for financial assistance with assisted living products.
There is, however, no set criteria both regionally and nationally to get a grant. These vary depending on the charity you’re speaking to. The below guide is aimed at giving you information on some of the UK charities which can support your mobility scooter aid.
Here is a selection of organisations that can offer funding, grants, subsidies or discounts for mobility products:
The MS Society aims to support people who are struggling with Multiple sclerosis (MS) by providing a range of grants and support that can help a positive impact on an individual's well being and way of life.
These grants can help support individuals in getting a mobility scooter with contributions ranging depending on your criteria. If you have MS and live in the UK, you can apply for this grant. You can also apply if you care for someone with MS in the UK.
To find out more information you can call on 0300 500 8084 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mobility Trust
The Mobility Trust helps people who have severe disabilities and who cannot obtain such equipment through other means get access to larger (Class 3) mobility scooters. The process involves having an assessment with an Occupational Therapist (OT) which is usually provided by Mobility Trust.
An Occupational Therapist will then prescribe the most suitable piece of mobility aid for that individual. Mobility & electric wheelchairs are only provided if it is not available from statutory sources or unable to purchase privately.
To apply, telephone: 0118 9842588, email: email@example.com
Access to Work
The Access to Work (AtW) program is a government-backed initiative aimed at supporting those with disabilities* over the age of 16 looking to get back to work. AtW is a discretionary grant scheme that provides personalised support for disabled people and can fund assistive equipment such as mobility scooters or electric wheelchairs.
Funding from Access to Work does not affect other benefits. However, it’s only applicable to those who meet certain criteria in England, Wales and Scotland.
For further details, telephone: 0800 121 7479
* As defined in the Equality Act 2010: a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on [your] ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
The Blesma charity is a charity that supports both current and ex-servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries such as loss of limbs or the use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight during active duty.
The charity can provide financial aid and support towards getting a mobility scooter and other mobility aid equipment. All grant applications from BLESMA are considered on a case by case basis.
To apply, telephone: 0208 548 3516, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hospital Saturday Fund
The Hospital Charity Fund provides a range of grants to individuals from the UK and the Republic of Ireland seeking specialised mobility equipment. These can include mobility products such as active wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
The Family Fund is one of the UK’s largest charity providers of grants for families raising disabled children or young people. Family Fund can help support you with financial aid when you’re looking to purchase a new mobility scooter or aid that will provide a better lifestyle around the home.
How to get a Mobility Scooter for Free?
Typically, in the UK there is no way to get a mobility scooter for free although there are various charities and finance options available such as Klarna which can assist with you getting a new mobility scooter.
Can you get a grant for a mobility scooter?
Yes, it is possible to get a grant for a mobility scooter. There are several charities & organisations that can offer financial support or in some cases a grant to help you get a mobility scooter.
It is important to note that grant availability and eligibility requirements may vary depending on the charity & your personal circumstances. It is recommended to research and contact multiple organisations to explore all available options. This is not something we can help you with.
How to get a mobility scooter for free in the UK?
There are several ways in which you might be eligible for a free mobility scooter. Some options include are listed below:
NHS wheelchair and mobility scooter services: The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK provides mobility scooters and other mobility devices free of charge to individuals who are eligible. To be eligible, individuals must meet certain criteria, such as having a permanent or long-term mobility issue that significantly affects their ability to walk. To apply, individuals should contact their GP or local NHS wheelchair service.
Charitable organisations: There are several charities listed above that provide financial assistance or free mobility scooters to individuals in need.
Local councils: Local councils in the UK may provide financial assistance or free mobility scooters to individuals who are in need. Eligibility criteria and availability may vary by council. To apply, individuals should contact their local council.
It is important to note that availability and eligibility requirements for these options may vary and are subject to change.
Can I get a mobility scooter on finance?
Yes, it is possible to finance a mobility scooter along with other mobility aids. We currently have a partnership with Klarna finance and are able to offer a range of financing options.
To see if you're eligible for finance please speak to one of our sales teams directly. Individuals typically need to meet certain eligibility requirements, such as having a good credit score and a stable income.
Disclaimer: It is important to carefully consider the terms and conditions of any financing agreement before entering into it, including the interest rate, monthly payment amount, and total cost of the mobility scooter or wheelchair.
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