A mobility centre is offering free mobiliity scooter safety training courses for people in Gosport.
Solent Mobility Centre is working in partnership with the Gosport Older Persons Forum and Hampshire County Council to put on a training course for mobility scooter drivers to ensure their safety and the safety of others.
The training involved is testing and improving manoeuvrability skills, weaving through a well thought out course with everyday obstaclesScooter driver Gillian Dear
Gillian Dear, a scooter driver for nine years, is project co-ordinator with Gosport Older Persons Forum and has worked hard to set the project up.
She said: ‘This is a pilot project funded by Hampshire County Council and delivered by myself and two trainers offering one-to-one coaching.
‘The training involved is testing and improving manoeuvrability skills, weaving through a well thought out course with everyday obstacles.
‘Then the trainees are taken out into the community where they live, identifying the safest place to cross the road, managing dropped kerbs, blind corners, parked cars and pedestrians on their way into town.’
Barbara Tattersall, who took part in training at Raglan Court Sheltered Housing, said: ‘I personally wouldn’t be able to get about without my scooter, so it’s my lifeline.
‘I think everyone should have to take a test or some sort of training, you do when you drive a car and really this is no different. I am also insured, as I was when I used to drive my car – it’s better to be safe than sorry in my experience.’
Simon Kelly, a mobility advisor at Solent Mobility, added: ‘This training scheme will improve driving skills and increase confidence in the use of their scooters before taking to the roads and pavements.’
Debbie Watts, one of the directors of the Lee-on-the-Solent business, said: ‘Working together with the Gosport Older Persons Forum has given us an insight into what people are most concerned about when driving their scooters.’
To check if you meet the criteria and to book a place contact Solent Mobility Centre on (023) 9255 6564 or Gillian Dear on (023) 9255 2093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org