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Disabled volunteers assess Sleaford's accessibility

A group of volunteers is heading out in Sleaford to find out how accessible the town is to people with a range of disabilities. Members of the North Kesteven Access Group will be analysing accessibility for those with visual impairments, physical or mental disabilities and those with pushchairs.

Their research will be published in a new access guide which will give information on how accessible shops and businesses are to residents and visitors. All shops, offices and commercial premises will be included and should expect visits from the team.

Thousands will be affected if service ends

On the move: Darren Gilbert is one of thousands that use Shopmobility each year Credit: Calendar

Thousands of disabled and elderly people could soon struggle to get around Sheffield, according to the volunteers who run mobility hire shops. Staff at Shopmobility say council funding cuts could force them to close, leaving their customers without the crucial help and support they need.