Jersey disability charity blasts government for failing to give them new home

  • Video report by ITV Channel's Richard Pallot

There are fears for the future of a Jersey charity which rents out mobility scooters, wheelchairs and other vital equipment to people with disabilities.

Shopmobility has been unable to find a new home since being ordered to move out of Fort Regent, which is undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment.

The organisation says its shops on Sand Street and Pier Road in St Helier are full and the government has failed to offer them an alternative space.

Fort Regent is currently operating as the island's coronavirus vaccination centre, but work is already underway to demolish some areas of the venue, including the old swimming pool and asbestos in parts of the building.

The government wants to transform Fort Regent into a 'first-class modern cultural and leisure destination.' Credit: ITV Channel TV

Shopmobility feels the government has a duty to help them and is warning tourists could be put off visiting Jersey if they are prevented from accessing the equipment they need.

One suggestion is for the government to give Shopmobility an empty building which it is no longer using.

Disability in Jersey:

Shopmobility has over 100 mobility scooters which it hires out to people with disabilities on the island. Credit: ITV Channel TV

According to a recent survey, 81% of people believe there is prejudice in Jersey against people with long-term health conditions and those living with a disability.