If you are able to go out to do your own shopping, Shopmobility may help. They provide manual or powered wheelchairs or powered scooters to people who are disabled or frail so that they can get easily around town to shop or sightsee.
You do not need to be registered disabled to use Shopmobility schemes. They are either free or have a nominal charge and can be used by anyone who is either permanently or temporarily disabled.
Shopmobility schemes are available in
Shopping on the internet
You can order almost anything on the internet and have it delivered to your home. This includes food, clothes and equipment. All of the major supermarkets now do home food deliveries.You can also set ‘favourites’ and save shopping lists.
Computers are available free of charge to library card holders in Hampshire libraries.
Age Concern Hampshire run computer courses for the over 50’s.
Hampshire Superfast Broadband - If your property is not included in the current superfast broadband programme and you can only access a speed of 2Mbps or less, there is a government scheme in place to help you access better broadband.
DisabledGo has Access Guides for retail and shopping venues throughout Hampshire.
You can search the National Access Register to find access information for shops, pubs, restaurants and more in your area.
You may also be interested in the RADAR National Key Scheme which gives you independent access to over 9000 accessible toilets in the UK.
Help from your community
If friends, relatives or neighbours are unable to help you with managing your shopping, you could:
- find out about community transport options in your area (such as Dial a ride and Call & Go)
- contact Age Concern Hampshire for assistance with finding local voluntary organisations that could help you with shopping.
- search the Good Neighbours network directory to see if there are local volunteers who can help.