WOULD you like to go shopping but find it a struggle to get around? Go Shopmobility is the answer! It has friendly volunteers who are happy to help you get around Barnstaple. Go Shopmobility volunteers have been helping people do their shopping for 12 yea

WOULD you like to go shopping but find it a struggle to get around? Go Shopmobility is the answer! It has friendly volunteers who are happy to help you get around Barnstaple.

Go Shopmobility volunteers have been helping people do their shopping for 12 years around Barnstaple town centre.

Volunteer escorts are happy to assist you for up to two hours shopping time either by pushing you in a wheelchair, lending a steady arm or by offering some friendly support whilst you shop. Sighted guides are also available.

Toni Ordan has been using the Ring and Ride and sighted guide service for more than 10 years.

She said: "These services mean everything to me. I can come into town and go shopping, meet up with friends and have a coffee. I have my freedom and independence and I am not stuck at home."

Toni is accompanied on her shopping trips by Go North Devon Ltd Volunteer Jean Woodhams - the well known former Gazette reporter - who has been Toni's sighted guide for seven years.

Toni travels in on the Ring and Ride bus and is met by Jean and they spend two hours together so that Toni can complete any shopping or business she may have in town.

Jean said: "It is a privilege to be able to help, I find it satisfying and also fun and it is very rewarding. I feel I am doing something to help. More people should do this"

Go North Devon Ltd provides a range of community transport and mobility services in a large rural area for people who have problems accessing services and local facilities due to disability, ill health, frailty and rural isolation due to lack of private or public transport.

Clients have both physical and sensory disabilities and are at a time in their lives when a bit of extra help and support is a necessity and not a luxury.

Oother services include the door to door minibus service known as Ring and Ride and Shopmobility which provides the loan of wheelchairs and scooters.

For details of any of the services on offer, telephone (01271) 328866 Monday to Friday 09.15 - 16.00