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For anyone wanting more information about an issue, linked to disability, there is a dedicated news service which is well worth you Bookmarking/adding to your Favourites. The 'Disability News Service' is "the country's only news agency specialising in disability issues" and gives an up-to-date account of current affairs and their impact on those with disabilities. Use the following Link to access their site.

Mobility Scooters and Powered Wheelchairs

The financial outlay in purchasing a Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair can be considerable.  Before you make such a purchase, you should consider what support you are being offered, especially if it is the first Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair you have bought.   You should always try the equipment before you buy, to make sure it isn’t too powerful for you and, if nothing else, that you can reach and operate all the controls safely.

If a Retailer isn’t interested in taking the time to make sure you understand how to use a piece of equipment safely, you might want to think about whether you should buy from them, even if they are offering a ‘bargain’.  If they can’t be bothered to make sure you can use the equipment, how likely will they be to respond to you if the equipment suddenly fails to operate? Second-hand equipment is unlikely to come with any advice on safety, unless it is purchased through a responsible Retailer, or through an organisation that is willing to offer the support and guidance you may need.

Wherever you purchase a Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair from, and especially if you intend to use it on a highway, you should consider signing up for a Mobility Scooter instruction course, where you can try negotiating obstacles and learn about highway layouts in a safe environment.

There have been some recent changes to the regulations covering the use of Mobility Scooters.  It is important that all users are aware of what they are allowed to do, but also what is required of them, in order that they comply with the regulations and the law.

Anyone using a Mobility Scooter or Powered Wheelchair must be capable of doing so without being a danger to themselves and to others.  The following link will take you directly to the Government’s website, where you will find information about Eyesight requirements, driving on the road or footpaths, tax and insurance etc. s-rules

If you use, or are thinking of getting a Mobility Scooter or a Powered Wheelchair, you should take the time to read the information atthe above links, as it may save you problems in the future.

NHS Dental Treatment
For emergency dental treatment ring: NHS Dental Helpline 0300 1000 899 or NHS Direct on 111. Look on the NHS West Sussex website for your local West Sussex Emergency Treatment Centre (You must ring them for an appoinment first, or they won't treat you!): For the Brighton area contact: 01273 486444 - weekdays 6.30-10.30, Weekend and Bank Hols - 9.30-1.30, If all else fails, and you need urgent help, you will need to find your nearest Casualty Department

Help on benefit forms may be obtained from:-
Age UK - for the over 55s - on (Littlehampton) 01903 731800.
Welfare benefits advice:
The County Council funds a benefits advisor to provide advice about:
• disability living allowance• carers allowance• income support• housing benefit• employment support allowance• tax credits. To access this service, please complete and return the form below or contact our adviser, Robert Hayes
Address: Welfare Benefits Adviser West Sussex County Council Room 41Durban House Durban Road Bognor Regis West Sussex PO22 9RE
Tel: 01243 642117 or 01243 777255.

Centre for Accessible Environments
The CAE is the UK's leading resource on access and inclusive design. The charity offers design guidance, training and access consultancy services, as well as free advice through it's dedicated helpline.
(Note:  The National Housing Association Habinteg have announced their adoption of the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) as a subsidiary after CAE members voted to support the move. CAE, a registered charity, has become a wholly owned subsidiary and has moved their operation across the Thames from Vauxhall to Habinteg’s Fleet Street office over the summer.)
Chichester & Havant Shopmobility provides Powered Scooters, Wheelchairs and Electric Power Chairs to help those with short or long term mobility problems.

Chichester Community Transport provides door-to-door wheelchair accessible transport for those unable to use conventional buses.   They operate in Chichester, Bosham, Boxgrove, Donnington, Fishbourne, Funtington,Hunston, Lavant, North Mundham, Oving, Tangmere, Westhampnett.
Booking No. 01243 816616 - Line open Monday to Friday between 9.15 & 11.15
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Chichester District Council
Chichester Access Group act as Consultants for Chichester District Council, providing input on planning applications with regard to access issues, and acting as a disability focus group when the Council considers various issues.

Visit Chichester
Welcome to Chichester, an exclusive blend of cosmopolitan city, contrasting coast and picturesque countryside. A wealth of information about local accommodation, attractions, events, shops & restaurants, coastal/city/rural themes, maps and brochure requests can all be obtained by visiting

Looking for a new job in Chichester?  Try, a website dedicated to helping people find jobs in the Chichester area. The service is completely free to all job seekers, and our team is passionate about what they do, so why not see if we can help you.
Disability Information and Advice, West Sussex
Hate Incident Support Service (managed by Victim Support in partnership with the West Sussex Harm Reduction Team) offers free and confidential support to people who have been targeted because of their actual or perceived disability, race/ethnicity, religion/belief, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Discrimination and harassment based on a person’s perceived disability is illegal. To report a disabilist incident or for further information you can call Victim Support on 0845 075 1021 or click on the following link

The Design & Digital Print Centre worked closely with Chichester Access Group to design and produce the new Access Guide to Chichester. The company has excellent parking and access and is happy to spend time with any customer to discuss their individual design and print requirements.

ICIS : information for life
ICIS : information for life is a free and confidential information service helping people of all ages in West Sussex find information about services offering support, care or advice.  ICIS now also run the AskDes service, for purchasing used equipment.

Disabled Facilities Grant
If you have a disability, you can apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant funded by the district council. Disabled Facilities Grants are available to homeowners, private tenants, or those occupying properties owned by a registered provider e.g a housing association.
Disabled Facilities Grants can be given for works such as the following:

  • Providing access to your property;
  • Installing a stair lift;
  • Converting a bathroom to a level access shower room; or,
  • Providing a wheelchair accessible kitchen.

For more information telephone Chichester District Council on 01243 785 166, visit their website at or paste the link below into your browser bar, to take you directly to the Disabled Facilities Grants information page.


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