Could you be a volunteer?
Everything that happens here at BANE happens because of a volunteer. We are currently looking for additional volunteers for Whitley Bay and a pool of new volunteers for Roker (coming soon!). You don’t need to commit to a number of hours, or regular days, you can be part of a group who get involved when…Read More
Can I get a new location added?
We are often asked if we can set up at a new beach. There are lots of factors to take into account when we look at new sites. This includes having local support to champion and fundraise; suitable storage facilities; relevant approvals in place. You can find out more about what’s involved here.Read More
Who can use one of the Beach Wheelchairs?
Anyone who, for whatever reason, has difficulty walking on the beach. This could be a permanent or temporary disability. The beach wheelchairs need someone to push them.Read More
Where are the Beach Wheelchairs located?
Please check out our Locations pages to see where we currently have equipment located. It may be possible to borrow equipment in other areas – please contact us with your requirements and we will try to accommodate your request.Read More
How much does it cost?
This is a FREE service. We want beaches to be accessible so do not make a charge for loan of the beach wheelchairs. The schemes are run by volunteers who give freely of their time and skills. However, DONATIONS are very welcome as we hope to improve and extend our services. You can donate by:…Read More
Is there a hoist?
There are currently hoists at Whitley Bay and South Shields. You must bring your own sling and your carer must be qualified to use the hoist. The volunteers are not able to assist with the hoist. A separate disclaimer must be signed when using the hoist.Read More
When can I use the chair?
The scheme operates all the year round in all locations. Please book in advance by phoning 0300 999 4444 or use the contact us link. We try to meet your needs and volunteers will ask what times suit you best for pick up and return. Please note that ideally we need at least 24 hours’…Read More
Will help be available?
Our volunteers are not able to assist in transfers or taking you on to the beach. The user must have an adult helper to assist the transfer and push the wheelchair. Your helper must be fit enough to push the wheelchair across the sand and up and down the slip ways. Flat footwear is recommended.…Read More
What if the weather turns bad?
We would like to say it is always sunny on the North East Coast but sadly this is not the case and the weather can change. If you wish to cancel your booking please ring 0300 999 4444 as soon as possible. When you hire the beach wheelchair you will be given a contact number…Read More
What do I need to bring?
The volunteer will also ask you to give some contact information and sign a disclaimer. You will also want to bring suntan lotion, blankets, towels, buckets and spades and anything else appropriate for a trip to a North East beach! We recommend that the carer pushing the wheelchair wears sensible shoes with good grip. Care…Read More