About us Our story Brighter Future began in 2005 when Peter came across a young disabled volunteer working in Ormskirk; Paul Miller. Paul hauled himself out of his power chair, crawled across the floor and removed a wheel from a piece of equipment. The piece of equipment had been returned with a flat tyre of which needed changing. This was a huge physical achievement for Paul, and he was so pleased that he had managed to fix the problem himself. Peter saw the broad grin on Paul’s face and he experienced a “Eureka” moment. Thus was born his idea of starting a workshop to train young people with disabilities to repair and service mobility equipment, giving them a purpose and a chance of a more fulfilling life. Paul Miller Peter Cousins MBE What We Do Our trainees work alongside experienced technicians and mentors, learning hands-on skills in basic mechanical and electronic engineering as well as gaining AQA accreditation. As well as providing a training service, we also sell, service and repair mobility equipment both new and recycled. We accept donations of unwanted equipment which our trainees help to recycle, which otherwise would end up as landfill. To date, we have recycled and repaired over 28,000 pieces of equipment, and helped train around 300 disabled & disadvantaged young people; helping both the community and the environment. We reduce social isolation and improve social and economic inclusion, as experienced by disabled and disadvantaged people from deprived communities/backgrounds. We increase access to affordable mobility equipment for people from economically-deprived communities, through the recycling and repair of donated/disused equipment. How We Do It We have a large workshop where our trainees work alongside experienced technicians and mentors whilst working on equipment. We will sanitize and service all the equipment we know can be fit for purpose to a high standard. Once the equipment has been thoroughly checked, it will then be sold at a very low rate to the public instore and online. All proceedings are non-profit and go directly to our charity. We also have new products that we sell both in store and online. We rely on donated mobility equipment from the public and companies to support us, so we can keep recycling and working with the trainees. We provide training and social inclusion for young people with disabilities, to help give them a brighter future. We improve the quality of life for disabled and disadvantaged people through fully-supported, vocational training programs within a workplace environment. Why We Do It Our unique combination of work experience and job coaching helps build confidence, competence and self-esteem. We improve quality of life for disabled and disadvantaged people through fully-supported, vocational training programs within an operational business setting. It is very rewarding for us to see at firsthand what a difference it makes to the lives of the young trainees to gain knowledge and skills, and to experience working as part of a caring team in a supportive environment. Seeing their satisfied smiles at the end of each day is what makes it all worthwhile. Many of our customers have become disadvantaged and isolated due to the shortage of reliable and affordable mobility equipment; we aim to help them function in their local community and society in general. · There are around 1.2 million wheelchair users in England, roughly 2 per cent of the UK population · Wheelchair users often face severe delays to receive their chair · 70% wait more than three months · 30% face a delay of more than six months · 15% wait more than 12 months. · There are many people trapped at home waiting to receive various types of equipment. Refurbishing unused equipment to a high standard is essential to close the gap in the waiting list so these disabled people can regain their mobility and are able to take part in the community.