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QEF Carshalton: Get Going Live! returns to help young disabled drivers get behind the wheel

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The Carshalton based Driving Assessment Centre, managed by the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, will be hosting a relaunched Get Going Live! event so that young and recently disabled people can experience assistive driving.

Friday 5th October. 9:30am – 4pm. Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF), 
1 Metcalfe Avenue, Carshalton. SM5 4NR. Free admission and accessible parking.

QEF Mobility Services is one of sixteen independent organisations, many with satellite centres, which offer professional information, advice and driving assessments for people seeking assistance with mobility. Overseen by the charity Driving Mobility, all centres are staffed by Occupational Therapists as well as Approved Driving Instructors so that safety for drivers with injuries, disabilities or restricted mobility is maximised. As well as conducting assessments on behalf of the DVLA, Motability and healthcare professionals, Driving Mobility accepts self-referrals.

QEF Mobility Services is delighted to be hosting the first in a series of free-to-attend Get Going Live! events which focus on younger people with disabilities, novice drivers and individuals that have become recently disabled. Get Going Live! was originally a popular feature of the national Mobility Roadshow which was held annually from 1983 up until 2017. Attendees to this relaunched exhibition will be able to safely test drive a range of accessible and adapted vehicles around a dedicated test track with qualified specialist instructors. The event will provide the opportunity for visitors and their families, including teenagers from the age of 15, to try adapted driving for the first time and explore options for accessible motoring.

Features of the event will include:

  • Free test drives and driving assessments (pre-booking required)
  • Displays from a range of assistive product specialists who supply WAVs (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles), mobility scooters, wheelchairs and more
  • The latest range of adapted driving controls and assistive technology
  • Informative presentations regarding accessible motoring
  • Refreshments and ample level parking
  • Accessible aviation travel training

Exhibitors at Get Going Live! will include: AAT GB, Adapted Vehicle Hire, Belmont Garage, Brig-Ayd Controls, Brotherwood, Elap, Ergomobility, Gerald Simonds Healthcare Ltd, GM Coachworks, John Preston Healthcare Group, Motion Healthcare, MERU, Steering Developments, QEF Independent Living Services, TGA Living, The OHMI Trust Charity, Transport for London – Travel Mentors/Accessibility, Shine Charity, Sutton Shopmobility and VASD.

Marion D’Moirah from QEF comments: “We are delighted to be hosting the relaunched Get Going Live! event. Based on its popular heritage, we believe it will be well attended and deliver a unique experience to young and recently disabled individuals seeking driving independence. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be on hand to offer the latest guidance regarding assisted driving and to provide instruction around our test drive track. We will have around 30 vehicles available for test drives and overall the atmosphere of the day promises to be fun and fully rewarding.”

 

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