About Us


Redbridge Disability Association was founded in 1967 and has been an important part of the Borough ever since, providing information and advice to disabled people living in Redbridge. At the July 2011 Annual General Meeting (A.G.M) members approved the change of name to Disability Redbridge.

Recent History: 2013 was an eventful year

Disability Redbridge received £500 donation on Tuesday 19th February.The Chair of Disability Redbridge, Virendra Patel received a cheque for £500 from the Tesco Charity Fund when he opened the new Tesco Express store in Ley Street on Tuesday 19th February. Thanks to Tesco for this very welcome support.

Mobility Scooters: The Facts

The 21st birthday event in the Exchange on Saturday 16th March was a very enjoyable and successful event. Thanks to the Exchange for their help in organising the event, to Redbridge Music Lounge and Harry Harris for providing the music and to the public who generously donated a total of £172.75 during the day. Here is the link to download some photographs.

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Ilford Shopmobility made an application to the Mayor’s 2012 Legary Projects; Enhancing London Shopmobility Services and were successful.

We have just taken devivery of 5 more Olympic scooters and another Olympic wheelchair.

THE OLYMPIC SCOOTERS supplied by 1st Step Mobility and funded by Abbey Total Care are now available. Try the equipment on your next visit.

Old AGM Information

Disability Redbridge’s 2nd AGM was held on Friday 18th June 2013. See the presentation which highlighted our 21st birthday celebrations and our new equipment.

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Disability Redbridge came into being in July 2011 when Redbridge Disability Association changed its name and its premises. Its governing documents have also recently been up dated to reflect a more proactive approach to changing the public’s attitude towards disabled people. Disability Redbridge’s objectives are:-

(i) The provision of relief for disabled people living in, working in or associated with that area known as the London Borough of Redbridge (hereinafter known as “Redbridge”) through the provision of facilities and assistance to such people

(ii) To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society through the provision of advice, information and guidance for disabled people and in particular through practical assistance for those with mobility problems to access public facilities independently

(iii) To promote equality and diversity for the public benefit by the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religion; and advancing education and raising awareness in equality and diversity. The revised definition of ‘disabled’ is now reflective of the social model of disability “disabled” means significant impairment which has a substantial and long term effect on their ability to carry out day to day activities and is acknowledged by the individual themselves and the trustee structure has been slimmed down. The Board of Trustees, of which 75% should identify as disabled people, now comprises

(a) Six Trustees elected by the members from individuals nominated by themselves or by affiliated groups

(b) Three Trustees elected by the members for their expertise, experience, interest and/or skills.

(c) One Trustee elected as Trustee and Chairperson.

(d) One Trustee elected as Trustee and Treasurer. The full revised Memorandum and Articles can be made available on request.

Our Mission

Working within the Social Model of disability, Disability Redbridge identifies and removes barriers and overcomes the limitations that disabled people encounter in their daily lives in order that they can play a full role in society.

Click here for more information about the Social Model of disability and why it is a useful way of thinking about disability

What We Do?

Ilford Shopmobility

Ilford Shopmobility is the service arm of Disability Redbridge. Powered wheelchairs, scooters and manual wheelchairs are available for hire to anyone with permanent or temporary mobility difficulties to enable them to get around Ilford town centre more independently.

We can also sometimes provide escorts if requested in advance.

The Annual Membership Fee is £10 only. Daily Hire cost £2 to Members, £5 to Non-members.

Manual chairs and small scooters are available for holiday/longer term hire to Members only.

Advice and information about Disability Services are available at the Ilford Shopmobility office. Disability Redbridge seeks to ensure disabled people are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

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