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Flying Scholarships for Disabled People

This entry was posted in January 17, 2022

Flying Scholarships for Disabled People

Change your life with FSDP.

Here at Ableworld, we strive to provide caring solutions for our customers helping them to enjoy greater independence and live more comfortable and active lives. We have recently been supporting Flying Scholarships for disabled people, (FSDP) and their mission much like ours is to inspire people with disabilities to change their lives.

FSDP has helped change over 400 men and women’s lives, by experiencing the joy of freedom in the sky, learning new skills, regaining confidence and ‘’reaching for the sky.’’ The charity was set up as a memorial tribute to Sir Douglas Bader, who after losing both his legs in an air accident in 1931, persisted in his efforts to resume his flying career with the RAF. His love and dedication to flying are what brought this charity to life. His story along with so many others like it are bringing about a positive change to disabled people’s lives every year through life-changing aviation experiences.

FSDP provide scholarships to anyone aged 18 or over and registered as disabled. You must be a resident in the UK and be allowed to drive by the DVLA. Applications for this truly unique experience close on the 31st of January 2022, but don’t hesitate to apply for 2023 and get your wings next year instead. The scholarship is a three or four-week training program which includes a maximum of 20 hours of flying tuition. During this time, you will stay in a nearby hotel along with a fellow scholar, and you will gain so much through the whole process from making new friends to reaching new heights with your growing confidence. After the scholarship, you will be presented with a certificate at a ceremony at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). You will also be invited back to RIAT the following year to be awarded your ‘pilot’s wings. To apply go to fsdp.co.uk/apply.

We are incredibly proud and honoured at Ableworld to be able to work with such an inspirational charity that help so many people every year who have otherwise painful and debilitating physical constraints - to discover a new lease of life and realise what they CAN do, rather than what they CAN’T.

If you want to know any more information about the charity, scholarships or even to potentially sponsor them you can visit their website here.

Ableworld look forward to working closely with FSDP and building our relationship further in 2022!

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How to deal with shorter days - Banish that January feeling

This entry was posted in January 14, 2022

Staying connected with others
Are you feeling the lug of January?
 

After all the glitter and baubles of December, on comes January, a long month which some can find to be simply exhausting. Catching up and socialising with family and friends can feel somewhat a chore after the excitement and highs of the festive months.  Then comes heading back to work, kids back to school and an endless cycle of cold, dark icy mornings – scraping the ice from your car 10 minutes before you have to leave. January blues – guess it is a thing after all – good job we’ve got a few tips to help you with dealing with those shorter, darker days! 

Give yourself something to look forward to

This can be as simple as planning to go for a coffee at your local coffee shop with your friends – getting both of you out of the house. Or booking a holiday getaway with your partner for some much-needed winter sun on your skin – even if it’s a holiday for a years’ time, taking these steps to plan the holiday flights and accommodation, can help you escape your winter blues.

Stay connected with others

Pick up the phone and call your family for a catch-up – lighten your load and talk through everything that’s on your mind, it can make the dark days just that little bit lighter. With the internet and ever-growing ways of staying connected it's easier than ever to keep up to date with everything’s that going on in your friends and family’s lives. So, prop up your tablet on your dining room table and enjoy Sunday dinner together – even if you’re not in close proximity doesn’t mean you have to feel miles apart. 

Treat yourself

Long dark days call for an excuse to treat yourself. Treat yourself to a SAD Lamp, designed to ease the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Or a great gift for someone to boost their morale and switch their mentality to a more positive one.

Go outside

Spend some time outside – even if it's just 10 minutes a day in the winter wind, do some gardening, go on a winter walk around your local park, or take the dog around your estate. So, wrap up warm and get out your walking boots – the winter air is calling you.  

Hopefully, some of these tips are helpful and after reading this your January can be a positive month of spending time with family and friends whilst also taking time for yourself. And we hope to see you in your local Ableworld store soon.

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Ableworld strives to help the elderly in Shoebox appeal this Christmas

This entry was posted in December 22, 2021

Shoebox Appeal 2021

Ableworld is proud to have supported various care homes in their local communities this Christmas.

Ableworld try to support local charities as much as possible, and Christmas usually give us an opportunity to encourage our teams to offer support to others in need.

This Christmas, Ableworld has decided to take part in a shoebox appeal for the elderly. Many people suffer Christmas alone and we wanted to try and help by providing gifts to show somebody cares. We are really proud of all of our teams for taking part in the appeal.

We have been overwhelmed with the response from the general public and have been rushed off our feet, collecting boxes in stores and at Head Office for the appeal. In total, Ableworld has been able to donate over 100 shoeboxes to Care Homes in their local communities.

On Monday 20th December all of the donations from the Head Office were donated to the local care home Mayfield House in Crewe. A spokesman from the care home said: “We are really grateful for the donations, thank you so much”

Thank you to everybody who has donated a box to help such a great cause. Everyone at Ableworld would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas.

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Latest Prestigious Award Gained as Winners of Handicare Retailer of the Year

This entry was posted in December 15, 2021

Handicare ‘Retailer of the Year 2021’ came as Ableworld’s third award in quick succession, as Handicare recently hosted their Virtual partner day.

The partner day welcomed Stairlift suppliers from across the UK to share in the achievements of Handicare’s success over the past 12 months. Handicare also took the opportunity to reward a select few of their suppliers to recognise their accomplishments. We were thrilled to be announced as the overall Handicare Retailer of the Year.

Mike Williams, MD and founder of Ableworld stated “This award comes as a recognition of the hard work we do in helping people live more comfortable and active lives, particularly during the past 18 months during the pandemic.  We recognise that a Stairlift is a life necessity for a lot of our customers and therefore we continue to offer our 24 hour back up support and can install new stairlifts within days, providing the best possible customer service for our customers.”

At Ableworld we are very proud of our highly skilled stairlift department within our company owned and Franchise stores. Our ‘in house’ engineers provide a service second to none, and continually undergo training to ensure they understand all elements of our stairlifts. Our engineers look after our customers from install to beyond, with installation, servicing and repair work all offered. We are proud to listen to our customers’ needs and give honest advice on what stairlift is best for them.

Gaining this recent Handicare award is a testament to all our fantastic Stairlift team, including those out in the field and our back stage office team.

You can view the range of stairlifts Ableworld provide on our website www.ableworldstairlifts.co.uk or call our customer service team on Freephone 0800 096 5440 to arrange a free, no obligation quote.

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Ableworld awarded 'Which? Trusted Trader of the Month December 2021'

This entry was posted in December 3, 2021

At Ableworld we were delighted to attain yet another award in short succession of our recent South Cheshire Business award, with our delight coming in the form of ‘Which Trusted Trader of the Month’ for December 2021.

We took part in a vigorous application process to become a Which? Trusted Trader back in 2016, and after fully meeting the strict criteria that is set in place, Ableworld UK Ltd were endorsed in September that year. We have since strived to achieve a 'Trader of the Month' award but had previously been unsuccessful... until now! 

The judging panel for Which? were looking for evidence of companies who have gone above and beyond for their customers over the past 12 months. The judges were impressed with our ongoing charity work and glowing feedback from our customers, and therefore announced us as winners for December 2021. A member of the judging panel said: ‘The amount of charity work that the company has done is extremely impressive and so lovely to read about - It shows Ableworld is a company that really cares and shares the same values as Which?’

For us at Ableworld, a Which? Trusted Trader of the Month title proves that the company remains dedicated to offering great customer service. It also tells customers that we are a name they can trust. This award highlights the hard work and dedication that all of our staff provide on a daily basis to achieve customer satisfaction.

Senior Operations Manager at Ableworld, Sara explained: ‘Being a Which? Trusted Trader gives our customers the confidence to deal with us, as it shows that we are a reputable trader that is recognised by a leading endorsement. We would definitely encourage traders considering signing up to go for it.’

Well done to all our fantastic teams on achieving yet another wonderful award.

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