Each Mayor chooses charities to support with the proceeds of fundraising and donations during his or her year in office. The charities chosen by Cllr David Leeks this year are Shopmobility Basingstoke, Citizens Advice Basingstoke and Citizens Advice Tadley.
Shopmobility Basingstoke provides equipment for those with mobility challenges and has a wide range of mobility scooters and wheelchairs available for all abilities. Shopmobility is a national scheme for supporting people with restricted mobility, whether temporary or otherwise. It hires out powered scooters, electrical and manual wheelchairs and stroller/walking frames, to improve access around the town centre and local facilities. It is a proud member of the National Shopmobility UK Association and follows the national code of practice, providing extra reassurance of great customer service.
Shopmobility Basingstoke helps anyone of any age, who is struggling with mobility. This includes but is not limited to, people waiting for surgery, those with a fracture, anyone recovering from an injury or illness or anyone who finds walking difficult.
The volunteers will discuss the personal requirements of customers and work out which vehicle would best suit their needs. They also provide training to ensure that users have the confidence to operate a powered vehicle, wheelchair, or walker.
Shopmobility was honoured to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. This prestigious award is dedicated to all the staff and volunteers who have helped make its service the success it is today over the past 25 years.
Shopmobility relies on fundraising events to help raise essential funds towards running the scheme and is delighted to be chosen as one of the charities to benefit from the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane’s Charities Charity Appeal 2023/24.
Shopmobility Basingstoke, Church Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire. RG21 7QQ
Telephone: 01256 476 066
Registered UK Charity number: 1065677
Citizens Advice Basingstoke
Citizens Advice Basingstoke is a vital local charity providing free, life-changing advice on a wide range of issues for people who may be at risk of losing their home, unable to keep warm or struggling to provide food for their family.
An expert team of advisers, many of whom are volunteers, offer confidential and impartial advice to anybody finding themselves caught up in challenging circumstances, no matter what the query involves. The team is currently working incredibly hard to support local people impacted by the cost of living crisis, particularly for those on lower incomes.
During the 2022/23 financial year, 12,492 residents benefitted from community projects and services, while almost £1.7 million was gained as a result of the valuable advice provided to clients.
Citizens Advice Basingstoke depends entirely on the generosity of donors and funders to carry out its essential work and is always ready to welcome new volunteers wishing to get involved.
Donate using the Citizens Advice Basingstoke QR Code or complete the form below:
Citizens Advice Basingstoke, The Discovery Centre, 19-20 Westminster, House, Potters Walk, Town Centre, (Festival Place) Basingstoke, RG21 7LS
Telephone: 01256 329984
Registered UK charity number: 900116
Citizens Advice Tadley
Citizens Advice Tadley covers a large, mostly rural area in the north of Basingstoke and Deane and offers advice to residents via telephone and email as well as face to face through a drop-in service and booked appointments.
With rising demand, the focus this year remains on cost of living support and ensuring residents can access any charitable grants, vouchers, government or council schemes that they are entitled to. The team also offer advice and advocacy for vulnerable client groups and includes Macmillan, community care, mental health and debt and benefits caseworkers to support local people who are most in need.
During the 2022/23 financial year, 3419 clients were helped with 9,414 issues. As a result of the support offered by the Tadley team, local residents gained £2,264,129.
Citizens Advice Tadley is an independent charity and is reliant on grants and donations to fund its service.
Donate using the Citizens Advice Tadley QR Code or complete the form below:
Citizens Advice Tadley, Franklin Avenue, Tadley, RG26 4ET
Telephone: 0118 981 7567
Registered UK charity number: 1118080