Gairloch mobility support project gets underway

gairloch-centre-2The Gairloch Aid and Mobility Support project was officially launched last weekend accompanied by live music from Dundonnell band Destitution Road and home baking and soup from a whole host of local supporters.

Local physiotherapist Birgit Joost came up with the project idea after identifying the need in the local community. The project aims to improve the quality of life of local people with mobility issues, by enabling them to access appropriate mobility aids and equipment to assist with independent living.

A range of the equipment available from the project was on display at the launch including wheelchairs, walking aids, bathroom aids and equipment to make getting in and out of the car easier.

Anyone in the Gairloch and Loch Ewe area is welcome to contact the local GALE Centre to find out more about the project, borrow an aid or request a home visit.

Almost 100 people attended the launch to find out more about the project and help raise funds for the next phase of activity.

Pictured is seven-year-old local lad Iain Miles trying out his driving skills in one of the new wheelchairs. In the background is Elna Lawrie, fund-raising co-ordinator for the GAMS project.