One year on since launch of Daventry’s mobility repair service

Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT) is marking the first anniversary of the launch of its Pitstop scheme, which offers repairs and maintenance services to mobility scooter users in the Daventry area.

The service is run entirely by specially trained volunteers in a renovated building adjacent to the Shopmobility store off New Street.

It also repairs pre-owned mobility equipment and the refurbishment of pre-owned equipment. These are later sold to raise funds to develop and maintain other DACT services in the community.

Previously, those in need of repairs to their equipment would have had to travel to Northampton or even further afield.

Pitstop can also collect or deliver for people who have difficulty in getting into the town centre.

DACT chief executive Robert Kinning said: “It has been a successful first year for us and we have run the whole scheme with just volunteers.

“It was set up so we can repair our own scooters for our Shopmobility Scheme and to provide and maintain equipment for local people.

“A lot of people in the area own their own mobility equipment and there is nothing available on a local basis for the renovation and recycling .

“Our aim was to deliver this service with just volunteers. We will continue with that, but we are still looking for volunteers with practical experience in electrical engineering.”

Mr Kinning added the charity is benefitting from the large number of retired skilled workers in the area: “It never ceases to amaze me how much local people have involved themselves in this organisation. We have one person working Pitstop who travels from Brixworth to volunteer for one day a week.”

The original renovation of the Pitstop building was conducted by a number of DACT’s partner organisations including Daventry and District Housing community chest grant, Lovells Builders and Daventry District Council with help from volunteers from Cummins.