We are super proud to be nominated for a Scottish Rural Award so keep your fingers crossed, more info as it unfolds..
Here is a little update of our progress so far here at trossachs mobility
secured funding from the Callander hydro fund of £7000 to cover the rent on the shop
all a very positive start to a local Charity
A Callander-based charity has received £25k of funding from Stirling Council to take forward their ambition to make the outdoors accessible for all.
Funding set aside earlier in the year by Council to support tourism-focussed business in the Callander area has allowed the funding to be allocated to Trossachs Mobility, a non-profit group who aim to provide all-terrain access for the physically challenged within the Trossachs area.
The group was created by friends Gordon Wilson and Wayne Johnson, who wanted to improve access in their community after realising that it’s not always possible for everyone to have the same access to their surroundings.
Now, supported by a team of volunteers, the group have created a hub on Callander Main Street where they provide ‘terrain-hoppers’ for hire, information on local facilities and access, and guidance and advice on suitable routes within the area, so that people with all levels of ability can freely access the surrounding countryside.
Founder Wayne Johnson said: “I’m so proud to be part of this great charity and grateful to have met Gordon Wilson and discovered his vision. Helping him turn his dream into a reality has given me immense satisfaction and joy, and we’ve already witnessed the freedom and empowerment these vehicles give to their users. We would like to thank all involved for their support, time and effort in helping us obtain this funding, as it has allowed us to acquire our first Terrain Hoppers and get the charity rolling! We look forward to the exciting future ahead and cannot wait to see the joy on the faces of the people that will use them."
Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy Convenor Neil Benny said: “This is a fantastic scheme which I’m very proud to have been able to support. This will help those less able to access our great countryside and cement Callander’s place as the outdoor capital of Scotland.”
Chris McCoy MBE, Head of Accessible Tourism for VisitScotland, said: “VisitScotland’s Accessible Tourism Project is all about giving people with accessible needs the chance to enjoy a great holiday experience. Disabled people still have difficulty finding businesses to cater for their access requirements and provide adequate opportunities and information to help them to make informed choices.
“The tourism industry has not fully understood that disabled people not only require accessible accommodation but they too have aspirations and dreams of climbing a Munro and walking through the Trossachs National Park. VisitScotland fully supports the ethos behind Trossachs Mobility and all those in the tourism industry working towards a fully inclusive Scotland, and we look forward to seeing them promote great accessible and inclusive adventure experiences for people who need some extra help and four wheels to ramble”
To find out more about Trossachs Mobility visit http://www.trossachsmobility.com/ or follow them on Twitter @Trossachsmobil1 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/trossachsmobility/ . For more information on Terrain Hoppers, visit http://www.terrainhopper.com/
We are all very excited here at Trossachs Mobility, we have so much goods news to share!
We have secured funding for our first 2 D-ATV's one of which has already been delivered (more Detail to follow, keep your eyes on Fridays Stirling Observer!)
Terrain Hopper U.K are pleased to announce that Trossachs Mobility are now the official Sole Scottish Distributors for the Amazing Terrain Hopper and we are excited about the future partnership ahead!
And We have been nominated for the Scottish Rural Awards!!!!!!!!! what a Month .
So much to share . What an exciting few weeks ! motions in Scottish parliament, Speakers in the house of commons and We secured a community hub her in Callander ,,,,,, Pretty happy with them Results ! Especially for someone that has bad Spelling and Grammar.
Had a surprise visit from Dean Lockhart MSP today, Was a really nice motivational conversation thank you for your support Dean.
We are so pleased to now have the use of a boma7 we cannot explain our gratitude with words,
A huge thank-you to Steven McQueen @ DofE Perth and kinross for the loan of this amazing chair
And also to http://www.progressionbikesscotland.com/ for the mountain trike.
Today Would have not been possible without the help of these generous People!
Today was a Great day, we visited Cllr Fergus Wood at his farm And Met his Lovely Goat, Gordon and Lizzie had a great time on the Boma7 and Mountain trike. Gordon even tackled the steep Slope to have a shot at the Clay pigeon Shoot!! This would have been Near impossible without these Amazing Chairs.
Elizabeth Lizzie Jackson
Yesterday at 4:49pm
Thank you guys for letting me hang out with you in Callander. I had a great time. Having a go on the Boma was amazing, cant believe I climbed a couple of steps in it and also enjoyed the manual bike thing I was on. I cant wait til you get project up and running totally so can come and hire the Boma and get into the countryside again with my camera. I will let my friends know about you in the hope that they be interested. Again thank you for a great afternoon and hope see you all again sometime soon x