You are: home > general

A Fantastic 2019 for Ableworld!

This entry was posted in General December 31, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close we wanted to celebrate and share with you some of our favourite Ableworld moments from the past year. 

In 2019 we opened 2 new Ableworld stores in Stafford and Christchurch, both in great locations close to our existing regions. We also re-located 3 of our existing stores to bigger and better premises in Congleton, Gloucester and Llandudno, allowing our customers to visit and shop a larger range of products in more comfortable space.

We increased our vast product ranges again this year, and brought in many new products that have already proven popular with our customers. We are continuously looking to develop our product ranges, and already have some exciting new ideas for the coming year.

At Ableworld we achieved 2 prestigious Awards in 2019, being awarded the AMP Dealer of the Year UK, and the Handicare Prestige Partner Award, both of which are great industry recognitions and are a credit to the whole company. We had numerous shortlistings for the AMP Awards, including our Bournemouth store for Dealer of the Year South, and Craig DeGroote from our Rhyl store for 'Store Manager of the Year'. Throughout the year we have also regularly received 5-star feedback from happy customers for all of our stores, highlighting that our teams are giving first class customer service. 

As well as often being involved in numerous charity days, sponsorships and cake sales, our stores have been attending many local events and have made a difference to so many people in many local communities. We hope we can work closer with local care homes, nurseries and charities in the upcoming year.

We have a really exciting year lined up as we enter 2020, including new store launches, big store birthdays and lots of unique new products to enter our stores.

We hope you have an enjoyable New Year period, and wish you all the very best for 2020. We look forward to seeing you in an Ableworld store in the New Year!

Back to the top

Our Bournemouth and Christchurch stores can help!

This entry was posted in General December 20, 2019

We are sad to hear of the recent closure of 2 local mobility stores close to the Christchurch and Bournemouth Area. All Mobility on Wick Lane, and Lifestyle and Mobility (Wessex Mobility) in Boscombe have recently closed their doors to customers.

We appreciate that many customers shopping for mobility aids, particularly over the Christmas period may be worried about where to ask for mobility advice. We can reassure you that our friendly teams at our Ableworld Christchurch and Ableworld Bournemouth stores are all fully trained to offer free and personal advice when it comes to shopping for mobility aids, and would be more than happy to help out.

Our Bournemouth and Christchurch teams will be able to help you no matter what mobility aid is required. It could be you need a simple pill organiser for a loved one, or a stairlift to help you get up and down the stairs. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be ready to help you find items designed to make your life more comfortable whilst also keeping you independent.

Our Engineering team are also on hand to help with any repair or servicing work to mobility aids, such as on Mobility scooters, Wheelchairs and Powerchairs. Our engineers are fully trained and are Which? Trusted Trader endorsed for their work. We also have an extensive Stairlift department, where our engineers can install straight and curved stairlifts to many types of staircases. Our team can happily give you a free no obligation quotation!

In addition to visiting one of our 35 UK stores, you can also purchase a selection of our mobility items via our website: www.ableworld.co.uk

Back to the top

Christmas Gift Ideas at Ableworld

This entry was posted in General December 6, 2019

Christmas is now only a few weeks away and we're sure that most of you are well into your Christmas present shopping. If you’re struggling with gift ideas this festive time, then let us give you a hand. At Ableworld we not only have a huge range of Disabled Aids for those special loved ones, but we also have special gift ideas that can be useful for everyone. Remember, the practical and useful presents are often the best received!

Our team of Santa’s elves have sourced a wide range of ideal Mobility gifts, to give you some gifting inspiration this Christmas.

Our top 5 Gift ideas to share with you are…

1. Telescopic Back Scratcher. Starting off with a perfect Stocking filler, our handy Telescopic Back Scratcher is ideal for reaching those places you usually can’t. It can be extended up to 70cm, making it ideal to be used by anyone! Available in a range of bright colours, and featuring an anti-slip cushion grip on its stainless steel arm, at £2.99 this is a steal this Christmas!

2. Wooden Lap Tray. Our attractive and functional lap tray will make breakfast in bed, writing and crafts easy and comfortable. It features a built in cushion beneath the tray, making it super comfortable when resting on your lap. It is available in two styles, either kittens or puppies, making this an ideal and practical gift for most.

3. Picture Dial Telephone. This gift is ideal for those loved ones who struggle to use a normal dial telephone, or have slight hearing troubles. The Picture Dial Telephone is easy to use as it has 6 direct programmable buttons where you can add a picture to the button, for easy association. It has an optical flashing alert for an incoming call, and is hearing aid compatible. This phone will give you and your loved ones added peace of mind over the festive period. 

4. Back Soother Support Cushion. Our Back Soother Support Cushion is a cosy fibre filled cushion which literally wraps round the users body and lumbar region to support the back. It is the ideal companion for use around the home or in the office, or it also works equally well on a wheelchair or a scooter. By providing comfort, warmth and support, this would be a very well received gift this Christmas.

5. Cheshire Deluxe Riser Recliner Chair. As our luxury gift idea this Christmas, we have chosen our loveable Cheshire Deluxe Riser Recliner chair. The Cheshire Deluxe is made in the UK, and is not only a luxury looking model, but it is extremely comfortable too. As well as having a dual motor for independent backrest and footrest operation, this luxury chair also comes with a tilt In Space feature. This chair will rise and tilt users to their feet by the touch of a button, taking away all pressure and effort from the user. Available in two designs, Button back or Waterfall back, and in various colour and pattern options. If you wanted to spoil a loved one this Christmas time then the Cheshire Deluxe is certainly a worthy option!

 

As well as our top 5 gift ideas, we have a whole selection of mobility aids to help with various needs. We have Mobility Scooters, Wheelchairs and Walking Sticks to help with mobility, as well as Kitchen Accessories, Steps & Stools and Grab Rails, to help with Household tasks. 

Our friendly staff span across our 35 UK stores, and are all on hand to help with any queries in store or over the phone. Take a look at where your closest Ableworld store is on our Store Locator. 

We hope to see you in store soon, and wishing you a lovely Christmas time with family and friends! 

Back to the top

Elderly Shoe Box Appeal

This entry was posted in General November 21, 2019

Can you make a difference to someone this year with the gift of giving?

Many people experience Christmas alone and we want to try and help by collecting shoe boxes to show that someone cares. This year we are asking all colleagues, customers, friends, family and others if they will put a shoebox together full of presents that an elderly person would really love.

How can you help?

We are appealing for all our lovely customers to fill a shoe box with items that an elderly person would like to recieve. We would suggest items such as; puzzle books, hot chocolate, biscuits, warm socks, gloves, slippers, scarfs, hats, tins of soup, toiletries, confectionary, pens or handmade gifts -  the list is endless, but please no alcohol. 

If you would like to help please drop your shoebox off in your local Ableworld Store by Wednesday 18th December.

We will then arrange to distribute the shoeboxes to local worthy recipients before Christmas Day, to local care homes or hospitals. 

We thank you in advance and really appreciate any donations and support recieved! For more information or if you have any queries please feel free to contact us.

 

Back to the top

We are proud to support MS Society & Parkinson’s UK with Scooter Safety Day

This entry was posted in General November 7, 2019

We are really proud that our Northwich team were able to support The MS Society Vale Royal and West Cheshire Group and local Parkinson’s UK group to provide local residents a Scooter Safety Day at Weaverham Community Centre, in Northwich.

The MS Society Vale Royal and West Cheshire Group were keen to run a scooter safety day for the members of their group and we are really pleased we were able to help. Scooter safety is something we encourage as an ethical trader. We get lots of customers who have been given scooters from friends or brought online but don’t have the confidence to use them. We also have customers thinking of purchasing but want some extra reassurance that they can drive it safely, so these sessions are invaluable.

We are really pleased we could support 2 local groups in giving them a hands on experience at using mobility aids. We took along a range of scooters, from smaller boot scooters to road scooters, we well as powerchairs for the attendees to try. Alongside MS Society UK and Parkinson’s UK there were plenty of willing participants that got involved and had a go on the scooter test track, with our guidance and support.

There were plenty of questions answered and lots of advice given in relation to the different types of mobility scooters and what type would best fit to individual needs. However, it was not just mobility scooters on show, we also brought along a wide range of products that can help to make it easier living with MS or Parkinson’s such as; Adjustable Folding Walking Sticks, Grab Rails, Reachers, Kettle Tippers, Easy Grip/Bendable Cutlery Sets and Jar and Tin Openers.

There was also an Ableworld engineer on hand to offer free mobility health checks so a number of the attendees had their own scooter or mobility aid checked and were extremely grateful when their issues were resolved.

The session received great feedback from Brenda Brockbank, Lead Support Volunteer for MS Society Vale Royal and West Cheshire Group, who stated that “All attendees really enjoyed themselves and the members who had their own equipment checked were really grateful for the help. Overall, the scooter safety session massively helped to give confidence to those that require mobility aids but were too nervous or not confident enough to use a mobility scooter out in public. “

If you are part of an organisation, care provider or charity and want help in running a Scooter Safety Session or any other mobility information sessions, please feel free to contact the Ableworld Marketing Team on 01270 627111 or email [email protected]

Back to the top

Ableworld Stockport Free Riser Recliner Chair Prize Draw- We have a winner!

This entry was posted in General October 31, 2019

In our Ableworld Stockport store, we recently ran a competition for one lucky winner to win themselves a Kingsman Riser Recliner. A big thank you to everyone who entered, we were amazed with the great response and received over 200 entries.

There could only be one winner and we had the pleasure of awarding the prize to Mrs Gould on Saturday 19th October at our Stockport store. Mrs Gould, who came along with her dog Pip was extremely happy to have won the prize.

Mrs Gould said she has never won a competition like this before so was overjoyed and surprised when she was told. Mrs Gould also told us that as she’s got older she has not slowed down, she is an active member of Hazel Grove Town Women’s Guild as well as being involved with Norbury Church in Hazel Grove. It is clear to see that Mrs Gould is a very worthy winner!

Although Mrs Gould is a relatively new Ableworld customer, she has already recommended Ableworld to several friends due to the good experience she had in our Stockport store.

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition and keep a look out for our next Free Prize Draw, as it could be yourself as our next lucky winner.

We very much hope you enjoy your new Riser Recliner Mrs Gould!

Back to the top

Ableworld awarded Prestigious accolade at Mobility Awards

This entry was posted in General October 23, 2019

Ableworld are extremely proud to announce that we have been voted the winner of the Dealer of the Year UK at the 2019 Access & Mobility Professional Awards.

We wanted to personally thank all of our customers who continue to support us across all of our stores. These awards are voted for by people within the mobility industry including suppliers, dealers and manufacturers so thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us.

We would also like to thank our amazing staff members. To every single person who works for Ableworld, we couldn’t have won this without your help. To all of our Store teams helping customers to find the right mobility aid and advice day in day out. As well as Support staff driving up and down the country to help support, and develop our stores and the Head Office Support staff who are always on hand to provide advice and guidance. This award is a fantastic recognition of all of that hard work that makes Ableworld a great team.

Mike Williams, Managing Director said “We are overwhelmed with winning such a prestigious award within our industry. Our customers, as always are at the heart of everything we do and receiving this award is a great achievement. It has been a very busy year for our Team including a store upgrade programme, investment into new systems and opening our flagship store in Stafford. This award is a great recognition to everyone here at Ableworld and we couldn’t have won it without the hard work and dedication from all of our staff across the UK, the continued support with our suppliers and manufacturers and all of our wonderful customers, so thank you to everyone who voted for us.

The Access and Mobility Professional (AMP) awards are organised to celebrate success, developments and innovation within the mobility industry. It’s a great opportunity for like-minded businesses to come together to share experiences and advice as well as to celebrate some of the biggest achievements of the last year.

There are several categories including unsung heroes, store manager of the year, industry innovation, customer service initiatives and much more.

We would also like to congratulate Craig DeGroote our Rhyl Store Manager and Ableworld Bournemouth for being nominated and shortlisted in their categories. Being nominated for awards in itself is a great achievement and testament to all the hard work that everyone puts in on a daily basis.

For more information about ableworld visit our website

Back to the top