Partnership launch ability equipment amnesty

Man in SB Cares uniform standing in front of a SB Cares van with a wheelchair and walking frame

Published: Monday, 25th September 2017

Along with SB Cares, we are launching an amnesty to encourage people to return any unused items of community equipment so that it can be recycled.

Borders residents are being asked to search their homes for any pieces of equipment supplied by either ourselves or NHS Borders which are no longer required, such as:

  • walking aids and frames
  • bathing aids
  • hoists
  • bath lifts
  • height adjustable seating systems
  • shower stools
  • commodes
  • bed rails
  • wheelchairs.

Once returned, these will be assessed by the team at SB Cares Community Equipment Service and recycled wherever possible so that they can be reissued.

Sandra Pratt, Interim Chief Officer for Health & Social Care Integration

“This is an important campaign that will help us to reclaim valuable equipment that may be lying unused in people’s homes across the Borders. Being able to recycle equipment in this way is a sensible and efficient way for us to respond to the needs of our clients and patients and I would encourage everyone to play their part and get in touch with SB Cares so that we can arrange for items to be returned.”

Philip Barr, SB Cares Managing Director

“Our team do everything they can to ensure that unused items are returned to us but this is an opportunity for the community to help us to help others. Every item of equipment we receive will be assessed and, wherever possible, put back into use to help someone else stay able, supported and independent.”

Return your items

Items can be dropped off to:

  • Community Equipment Service, Block 5, Unit 1&2, Tweedbank Industrial Estate TD1 3RS
  • Mondays to Thursdays 9am–5pm and Fridays 9am-3.45pm
  • Collection can also be arranged.

More information

To find out more, phone 0300 100 1800 (Option 5) or visit the SB Cares website.  

Images from the Community Equipment Service with a selection of the items they distribute are available on our Flickr page.