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Independence Hub

Blue Badge scheme


The Blue Badge scheme helps people with mobility problems by letting them park in spaces which are closer to their destination.

The Independence Hub runs the Blue Badge scheme for Middlesbrough. We can tell you about who's eligible for a badge, help you to apply, and also tell you how and where the badge can be used. We also carry out any assessments which are needed as part of the application for a Blue Badge.

We check all Blue Badge applications to see if you're eligible or not. To do this, we'll look at any evidence you've given, talk to professionals, and in some cases we'll ask you to do a walking assessment.

Our team includes an Independent Mobility Assessor, a qualified NHS Occupational Therapist, who will do the walking assessment. It will include talking to you about your difficulties, and a physical walking examination so the Independent Mobility Assessor can see your difficulties.

To find out more and apply for your Blue Badge now, go to the Blue Badge page.

Equipment advice and demonstration


You can visit the demonstration room at the Independence Hub to see and try out various pieces of equipment which can help support your independence and safety.

Some of the equipment available in the room includes:

  • daily living aids - including kitchen equipment, dressing aids, and walking aids
  • home adaptations - including a low-level access shower, stair lift, and ceiling hoist
  • technology for daily living - including a wide range of sensors and monitors, memory aids, GPS trackers, and 'smart home' devices
  • technology for digital inclusion - including a range of home connectivity solutions to get you online, as well as advice on which device to buy, and specialist equipment for accessibility

You can also watch some of our equipment demonstrations online.

Get in touch to find out how we can help. You can call us on 01642 729184.