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25.11.2018: The Birth
Many different strands of your life can come together when you decide to put an idea or notion into being. And only on reflection do you truly become aware that those threads have intertwined to form a pattern, and one that you follow with purpose.
An interest in people, in the natural world, in agriculture and university studies in Waste Management were the founding elements. But it was only after being employed in Social Care that it became clear how these elements could be woven into a meaningful design. This is the story of the birth of Recycle Mobility Centre.
Working in Social Care allows you to witness first-hand the hardship endured by those who need the most support. Our deepest memory is that of a lady with a disability who had great difficulty in managing her funds to cover the cost of her care support and continue to pay the hefty instalments for her mobility scooter. It was this mobility scooter that took her to the shops, into the community to be with friends and family. It was independence. It was the opportunity to socialise. And it was the heartless actions of her care provider and the high cost of repayments that forced her into the position of surrendering the independence that her mobility scooter provided. This was not an exceptional case. That’s why Recycle Mobility Centre was brought to life – it was a response to the needs of our community.
The question then was:
How do we make mobility equipment more affordable?
One of the possible answers is to make best use of the equipment that already exists.
So what can we reuse, and what can we recycle?
If we can refurbish or recondition equipment to a high standard then its lifespan is extended, and on top of that, it has a lesser impact on the environment and the planet. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we encourage people to donate mobility equipment that is no longer being used so that it can benefit someone who needs it.
Like many births, there can be extremely uncomfortable moments. But joy and optimism is there too, alongside the hope that what has been created will come to stand for something you and other people believe in. The social enterprise started in 2014 in a single unit in the Market Village, in Clydebank Shopping Centre. For the last year, we have been located as an independent shop at 470 Dumbarton Road, Dalmuir.
It has grown because people matter and because we put people first. There are many who believe in the positive difference we’re making to someone else’s life; this, in turn, also makes a positive difference to our own.
25th November 2018
15.11.2018: Van Share
Why do you set out? Why do you make that journey? Is it to meet family and friends, to get to work, to go shopping? Is it essential, or is it for pleasure? Why have you to get to where you want to be? Sometimes you might find, if you’re fortunate, that the arrival at your destination was not the most important aspect of your travels. But rather it was the unexpected twists and turns of the paths you took to get there. The rewards are the adventures, discoveries, experience and knowledge you gather from the people you meet along the way.
These are stories from Elaine’s journey.
One of the many hats Elaine wears is as driver of the company van and she has the most fabulous stories to tell, because she loves people and what they do: their passions, their hopes, their quirks, their needs. If you can imagine Scheherazade driving a truck then you’re halfway there because she is absorbed by the spells cast by books, music, films, and radio and all these influences flood out in the tales she tells as the miles are eaten by the famished road.
Elaine grew up in Govan and one of her first jobs as a teenager was working on the pie stall at Ibrox. It was the very stall that regularly provided Derek Johnstone, the Rangers FC centre forward, with a couple of half-time pies to ensure he had the sustenance and heft, if not the speed, to complete the second half. Elaine’s family, like many in the area, didn’t have a lot of money and there wasn’t the opportunity to have many records in the house. Yet Elaine loves music, from Blackbird of The Beatles to Frank Zappa and his warning on the hazards of eating yellow snow. Above all, Elaine adores opera and that came about not from visiting Covent Garden or the Metropolitan, but from Glen Michael’s Cartoon Cavalcade. I vividly remember the enthusiasm that tumbled from her as I was exhorted to watch Bugs Bunny in the Barber of Seville. Please, please, if you ever do get the chance on YouTube, do watch Fred Quimby’s magical Take on Wagner’s Das Rheingold as the hapless Elmer pursues Bug’s Brunnhilde, with an aria that the composer and librettist could scant imagine, “Kill the Wabbit”. It is wonderfully funny, colourful and inventive with a score that will both melt and uplift your heart.
Until next time, this is Van Share signing off.
15th November 2018
Recycle Mobility Centre (RMC) is the first community interest company, or social enterprise, in Scotland in the mobility equipment market. We collect used mobility equipment, save it from being dumped, refurbish it and sell at an affordable price to the disabled and elderly people. We are committed to providing the best possible customer service.