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Community equipment service

Community equipment service in action

For someone with mobility problems, a walking frame can mean the difference between leading an independent life and being a prisoner in the home.

Our community equipment service enables vulnerable people to live independently in their own homes with dignity.

How do we help people?

Equipment such as adjustable beds, pressure mattresses, bathing aids and walking frames can be vital in ensuring a dignified standard of living for those who have either a temporary or permanent disability or illness.

Besides providing equipment to help vulnerable people live independently at home, we can also make minor structural improvements to properties – such as installing ramps – for those having difficulties at home.

Additionally, the specialist equipment we provide for children helps them remain at home with their parents and attend school.

The service was launched with a £150 grant more than 50 years ago and now employs 125 people. In 2010, it delivered 145,000 items to 53,000 clients.

Who is the service for?

People generally need a medical referral to use the community equipment service. If you would like to directly secure a walking frame or other item of equipment, just visit our mobility aids section.  

Where do we provide this service?

The Red Cross currently provides the community equipment service in the following areas:
  • North Nottinghamshire
  • South Nottinghamshire
  • Nottingham city

In each of these areas, we hold contracts with local authorities and social services departments to manage and distribute their community equipment.

By providing long-term loans of essential equipment – such as hoists, commodes and grab rails – we are able to help thousands of vulnerable people every year. 

How to contact us

We provide the community equipment service only in specific areas across the UK.

For more information about the service, call 0845 127 2911.



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