Moved to help

A Trigg busi­ness is em­ploy­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and train­ing them to make their own mo­bil­ity aids.

Stirling Times - - News - Laura Pond

A CAR ac­ci­dent forced Steve Hales to stop work­ing but a Trigg busi­ness is help­ing him re­turn to em­ploy­ment.

Herve Dutrenit has es­tab­lished Multi Care, which cre­ates tai­lor-made mo­bil­ity aids for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and em­ploys the user to build it them­selves.

Mr Hales is Multi Care’s first paid em­ployee and is mak­ing a hoist that will sup­port him while he is up­right.

“I sit and I’m in pain and I stand and I’m in pain,” he said.

“This stops me bend­ing for­ward and will tilt the seat so I can work.”

The hoist will be con­trolled through an app on his mo­bile phone.

With a back­ground in elec­tron­ics, Mr Hales has en­joyed be­ing able to re­call his skills and learn new ones, in­clud­ing writ­ing code.

“I just like com­ing out to work, keep­ing my brain go­ing,” he said.

Mr Dutrenit, a mecha­tron­ics en­gi­neer, first had the idea for the hoist in his home­land of France.

His grand­fa­ther used a mo­bil­ity scooter but strug­gled to use ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties in­de­pen­dently in his home.

“I thought we needed to have some­thing fit­ted on to a wheel­chair to make the pa­tient be able to trans­fer to the toi­let, to the bath­tub and their own bed,” he said.

Mr Hales was linked with Mr Dutrenit through the State Gov­ern­ment’s Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices.

He is paid for his time work­ing on the mo­bil­ity aid, re­ceives train­ing from Mr Dutrenit and has ap­plied for a grant to cover the cost of the de­vice.

Univer­sity in­terns also help with the project.

Mr Dutrenit said he hoped Mr Hales would con­tinue with the busi­ness and though his idea was for peo­ple to gain work by build­ing their own de­vice, it could be done for them.

Mr Hales will have a ma­chine that will en­able him to work pain-free and said he is en­joy­ing paid work and learn­ing new skills.

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d488644

In­tern Daniel Tram is learn­ing new skills from Herve Dutrenit and Steve Hales from Multi Care.

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