Have you ever thought that if you had a certain piece of equipment your life would be a lot easier, then found that no one makes it? Well, the Remap Charity was set up to solve such problems. They design and custom-build equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives.
This includes mobility, help in the home, managing personal care, enjoying sports and hobbies and much more. All their work is carried out and checked by expert engineers, carpenters, technicians and occupational therapists.
Remap is a charity that was formed in 1964 by Pat Johnson an ICI employee. Pat’s sister had polio as a child and this presented her with physical problems in managing day-to-day life. Pat built modifications to her house that gave her a new level of independence and the idea of Remap was born from there.
Pat setup a group of volunteer engineers, mainly from ICI Teesside and the organisation grew from there. Last year they helped over 3,500 people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with their help given free of charge.
Equipment built specifically for you
When you contact Remap, they will ask you for a few details about what you need, to assess whether they can help you. If some equipment that would help already exists, they will encourage you to buy that. Their help is for situations where there is nothing commercially available that is suitable.
If they think they can help, a volunteer from your nearest group will visit you to discuss your situation and understand what you need (also usually with an occupational therapist in attendance). Following that, they will design and make a piece of equipment specifically for you, in a way that meets your needs.
Sometimes Remap will modify existing equipment to make it more suitable for you, as each item is made for an individual person.