The Equipment Loan Scheme, or The Tracey Project is a new initiative being piloted during 2021 by Durham City Shopmobility. The Project is being set up in the memory of Tracey Wilson, our manager of 16 years, who died in August 2016 from a brain tumour.
Purpose Of The Project
The purpose of the project is to respond to people who have a short-term need to borrow equipment to aid their independence. This may be due to an accident, short-term illness or a terminal illness.
- To reduce the unnecessary costs of buying equipment
- To reduce the time waiting for health and/or social services to assess your need and to allocate and issue equipment
- To re-cycle equipment that is already in use in the community but no longer required.
We would be interested in hearing from any individual and/or organisation who has equipment to donate to this project or indeed any funds to assist in its development.
Who can use the service?
The service is open to any individual or any group in County Durham. To use the service you will have to become a member. Membership fees are £10. per year. For practical reasons you will need to provide two pieces of identification with an address on them. This is so that we know where the equipment is for our insurance purposes and to take it back when it is no longer needed. The whole registration process takes about 10 minutes. In some circumstances we may be able to deliver the equipment to you.
The costs of the service are minimal and are dependent upon the piece of equipment you wish to borrow and the length of time you want to borrow it for. Obviously the larger pieces cost more but even then it is as low as we can make it Please note that any money raised is used for the maintenance of the equipment and to underpin the service. The service is designed to be simple and easy to access. Please help us to promote it by passing this leaflet on to someone you feel it will help,