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
Aspire provides practical help and advice to those who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, supporting them from injury to independence such as providing access to funding to ensure you can get a mobility scooter.
The Aspire foundation offers a range of services including 'Aspire Grants' which can help provide you with the financial support needed to get a mobility scooter. All grants provided by Aspire however are considered on a case by case basis so you may not be eligible in some cases.
To apply, telephone the Aspire Grants Officers on: 020 8420 6707, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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.
To discuss potential finance options for your mobility scooter speak to one of our advisors today on 01572 755204 or visit our mobility scooter showroom for more information.
Klarna Mobility Finance
Aspire2 Mobility is proud to be working with Klarna who can help provide finance and payment plans to support you getting the mobility aids and services you need to live and more independent life.