Part of the Driving Mobility charity network, The Wales Mobility & Driving Assessment Service (WMDAS) has helped Llandudno’s Shari Elvins, 35, to gain independence through complete support from assessment to driving test.

WMDAS is a registered charity partly funded by the Welsh Assembly Government with four driving assessment centres across Wales. The North Wales centre is based at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Denbighshire and operates an outreach service at the Montgomery County Infirmary in Newtown, Powys. Services include driver and passenger assessments that aim to provide safe mobility through the appropriate use of standard and adapted cars. Service users with restricted mobility can self-refer or are signposted via the DVLA, Motability, Police and healthcare professionals such as GPs.

Each Driving Mobility centre provides extensive information and advice regarding adapted driving and wheelchair accessible vehicles. WMDAS has added specialist driving tuition to its range of services which means it can offer a complete package of support including assessments and driver training, and can also work in partnership with The Disability Resource Centre, a neighbouring charity that specialises in vehicle adaptation and independent living services. Shari Elvins, a recent service user, has just taken advantage of this comprehensive service, which has supported her from initial enquiry through to ownership of an appropriately adapted car and full driving licence. This has been critical for Shari particularly as she is a regional assistant manager for a well-known high street clothing retailer which involves travel between stores.

Shari was given expert guidance by Occupational Therapists and Driving Advisers from The North Wales centre who then worked in partnership with vehicle technicians from The Disability resource Centre to adapt Shari’s private car with a prescribed left-handed steering ball and secondary controls fitted to her door (horn, indicators and lights). As Shari has a partially compromised right arm with one finger, she is unable to operate a car with standard controls hence WMDAS reviewed her needs and arranged for fitment of suitable solutions.Read more....