A CHARITY offering equipment to improve independence and quality of life for people with disabilities is once again offering its services in the area.

Remap, a national charity founded in 1965 with a Berkshire and North Hampshire branch, offers custom-made equipment and adaptations for people with a disability.

The charity previously had a branch in the area, however, it closed earlier this year when chairman Richard Brown, from Pamber Heath, retired after 15 years of running the service.

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Basingstoke Gazette: Engineers Geoff and CarynVolunteers from the neighbouring Berkshire branch have now expanded their services to North Hampshire, including Basingstoke.

Kimble Earl from Remap Berkshire and North Hampshire said: "Many Remap clients are elderly but by no means all.

“People of all ages with various conditions are often unable to find just the right piece of equipment or gadget to suit their particular circumstances, and that's where our volunteer engineers come in.

“They will assess what is required, design and build something suitable in their home workshop, and then make sure it both does the job and can be used safely."

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Approximately half of the cases handled by Remap are done through NHS and Social Services referrals, with the rest directly from carers or recipients.

The volunteers have skills ranging in carpentry, metalwork and DIY as well as 3D printing and IT.

The service is free, and funded by donations from members of the public as well as the support of various community groups.

For more information on accessing support or volunteering visit remap.org.uk/branches/berkshire.