The Bank Movement aspires to become a reference service through the temporary loan of solidarity and support products for people with motor disabilities, whatever their age. The intention is that this device provide crutches, wheelchairs or walkers, among other items, to anyone who needs it.
The operation is simple. The Bank Movement donations will support products for individuals, organizations and services, once reviewed and approved, will be available to others who need them. The intention is that this loan is for an initial period of six months, but if necessary the deadline may be extended. To request materials, the applicant should contact us via email
or phone and follow the instructions which will evaluate the product for support according to their needs. In case of loan request material for children and with adults when required, an occupational therapist will review the relevant material adaptation and monitoring. The user must leave a deposit of social price at the time of receiving the material, which will be paid upon returning the product, although it is expected to remain a small contribution to meet the costs of maintenance. The starting point are more than 40 kinds of products and 600 units in the store, and while deposit rates range from 10 euros to 250 euros crutches and a wheelchair, no one run out of product support if needed. In case of difficulty to pay the deposit established appropriate mechanisms to respond to the demand.
The Bank Movement has been piloted by the Institute of People with Disabilities (IMPD). Part of a community initiative that was launched in 2009 by NB Asendi among residents in the neighborhood of Porta. In 2014 it joined the IMPD, who gave her a place at which at the time was called Banco Solidario orthopedic material. This project went from making 60 loans in its first year of operation to make 244 last year, also increasing donations from 31 to 185. The measure is particularly beneficial to older people: 37% of the current users have more than 85 years, 38% between 65 and 85 years and only 25% are under 65. Furthermore, 43% of the referrals that come from the Banco do health services.
Through the collaboration agreement with institutions, Asendi NB Nexus Foundation Amputats St. George and the Cooperative Alencop the IMPD professionalized this good practice and extends throughout the city as a network, with a total investment of 256 000 euros. In the first phase, the Bank of the Movement will have two service points for users: What has been managing the same Asendi NB Nou Barris district and the point Amputats manage Sant Jordi Sants-Montjuïc, all and the service is unique and steps to access it will be the same. Nexus Foundation professionals who are responsible for facilitating service technician occupational therapist and orthopedist while Alencop cooperative will manage the collection of material, which will be free for the taking. Once the material is no longer necessary for the person who received it should be returned to the Bank of Movement for its review and return it to make available to those who need it.