Disability Information, Help,
Assistance & Services

Including Hearing
& Visual Impairment, Guide Dogs, Learning Difficulties and Special
Needs in Greater Manchester.

Wheelchairs for shopping in ManchesterDisabled Parking in ManchesterManchester Guide Dogs for the BlindSupermarket auto shopping carts for the disabled


Advice &
Information on Disability

Long Term Wheelchair Hire

Long Term hire is generally
free of charge, though an optional donation may be requested.

Commercial Mobility Sales

The following sell a variety
of mobility and other equipment for disabled persons. Others can be
found in your local region Yellow Pages under “Mobility
& Access Equipment/Vehicles”, including the following:

Charitable, Voluntary Organisations
& Disability Campaigning Groups

Parking Permits for Disabled Drivers

Free Parking Permits/Badges are
available for disabled drivers. Formerly Orange, new permits are Blue
and White. For information about how to obtain a Blue Badge contact
your local Social Services Department (see below).

Manchester Car Parking for Disabled

Manchester City Council has installed
dedicated parking bays for disabled drivers throughout the city centre
and on all of its multi-storey car parks. Normal charges apply. Pay
& Display Car Parks are free to disabled Blue Badge holders (formerly
Orange Badges – see above). For more information on disabled parking
contact: Car Park Information Line – Tel: 0161-234 4111.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association,

North West Regional Office: Nuffield
House, Lowndes Street, Bolton.
General Enquiries: Tel: 01204-495 111.
Regional Appeals Manager: Tel: 01204-492 534.
A registered charity and recognised training agency providing services,
support, training and rehabilitation to blind and visually impaired
persons, as well as training dogs as guides and providing publications
and information. They also offer holiday and activities events for the
blind including hill-walking, skiing, ballroom dancing, as well as sports
(golf, bowling, etc).


Certain disabled persons may
be eligible to be provided with a vehicle free of charge, depending
on their circumstances and the degree of their disability. Broadly speaking,
to be eligible for Motability, applicants must have been, (and are still),
receiving the Higher Rate Mobility Component, the Disability Living
Allowance, or a War Pensioners’ Disability Supplement for a minimum
of two years prior to the application being made. If you think you qualify
for Motability, contact: Motability, Warwick House, Roydon Road, Harlow,
Essex CM19 5PX .

Shopmobility in Manchester

Shopmobility Manchester
Shopmobility Manchester helps anyone with permanent or temporary disability
to get around the shops and use other facilites around the city centre.
They are based on the Upper Mall above Cannon Street in the Arndale
Centre and are open 7 days a week. It offers a free loan of a powered
scooter, electric or manual wheelchair, volunteers who will escort wheelchair
users on request, as well as free car parking in the High Street Car
Park. To book a machine before you arrive, contact: Tel: 0161-839 4060.

Shopmobility Zone
Based in Wythenshawe. Open 9.30am – 4.00pm Tuesday, Friday
and Saturday.
Offers wheelchair and scooter hire, meet and greet service and public
transport information. Must bring ID with name and address to register.
Small membership fee and session charges apply.
Telephone: 0161-437 3600 .

Local Social Services

Other Equipment for Disabled People

  • Mobility Equipment
    Ace mobility has a vast range in scooters, stair lifts, power chairs
    and wheelchairs that come in a variety of choices and equipment suitable
    for everyone. Website: https://www.ace-mobility.com.

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