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Suffolks TGA Mobility To Support The ARC Informatics Wheelchair Training Day In Chelmsford

10th January, 2018

Suffolk’s TGA Mobility, a national specialist in mobility scooters, wheelchairs and wheelchair powerpacks, is delighted to be supporting the ‘Wheelchair Handling for Absolute Beginners’ course in Chelmsford organised by ARC Informatics, the company which created the TEC-Angel system.

17th Jan 2018. Essex County Cricket Club, Cloudfm County Ground, New Writtle Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0PG – 10am - 12 noon. Followed by training around Chelmsford City Centre.  ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND PRESS ARE VERY WELCOME. THE VENUE IS FULLY ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS. ALL ATTENDEES NEED TO REGISTER THEIR ATTENDANCE BEFORE 16TH JAN AT: Karen@arcinformatics.com

ARC Informatics is an Essex-based business which manufactures ‘TEC-Angel’ a monitoring and alert system for vulnerable people who live alone. They have organised this event so local companies and their employees can better understand the challenges faced by wheelchair users, with a view to providing possible solutions. The educational content of the course will be provided by Stuart Wheeler of Freedom Wheelchair Skills and assistive equipment will be supplied by TGA Mobility.

Eric Cooper, longstanding TGA Wheelchair Specialist, will be providing free demonstrations of the latest StrongBack wheelchairs and wheelchair powerpacks. These quality and trusted assistive products enhance independence and ensure accessibility is maximised for all wheelchair users.

Family run since 1985, TGA is a caring and ethical business providing proven assistive products through appropriate assessment and outstanding customer-focused service. Its award-winning StrongBack wheelchairs offer a lightweight and ergonomic solution for assured comfort through advanced lumbar support. When combined with the trusted range of powerpacks from TGA, wheelchair users and carers can benefit from strain-free powered propulsion for enhanced independence and accessibility.

Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director comments: “TGA is delighted to be involved with this event as it is always a firm supporter of programmes that help raise disability awareness and provide potential solutions for people with restricted mobility.”

Karen Cole, Business Development Manager at ARC Informatics, said: “The idea for this day came from going to meet with Stuart at a hotel in Buckinghamshire. We were horrified at the hotel’s view of ‘wheelchair accessible’ and decided we could do something to help us, and others, better appreciate the reality of getting around in a wheelchair and to raise awareness of the obstacles in everyday life for wheelchair users. We came up with the ‘training day’ which will include a couple of hours basic handling skills, at the Cloudfm County Cricket Ground, followed by a tour of Chelmsford city centre. We believe, before the end of the day, we will have a better understanding and appreciation of life for wheelchair users and hope we can increase disability awareness.”

Stuart Wheeler from Freedom Wheelchair Skills concludes: “Many wheelchair users can struggle to be independent; to confidently push down to local shops or see friends, negotiating curbs, pot holes, and opening doors on their own. Freedom Wheelchair Skills teaches people how to use their chair effectively, safely and positively from someone who also uses one, every day; with the skills being taught forming part of their everyday lives. When Karen and Maizee came up with the idea of the training day, I jumped at the chance to help improve awareness.”

Essex County Cricket Club adds: “Essex Cricket recognise the importance of creating an environment suitable for the needs of every person who visits The Cloudfm County Ground. Hosting events such as this goes a long way to improving our service and ground facilities. We are very pleased to be hosting the event as we regularly welcome supporters, guests and visitors to the ground who are wheelchair users. We’re sure this will help us to highlight further measures required to improve our facilities for all individuals.”

If you would like to attend this educational workshop or the subsequent training around Chelmsford, please contact Karen Cole for further information on 01245 461 163 / 07534 951 379 / Karen@arcinformatics.com

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Eric Cooper, TGA Wheelchair Specialist, will be demonstrating the new award-winning StrongBack wheelchair at the ARC wheelchair handling event.