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The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre is a registered charity and social enterprise. Led by General Manager, David Blythe, it is staffed by a team of occupational therapists, approved driving instructors and administrators. The Centre is an accredited member of Driving Mobility.

We are commissioned or contracted by Leeds City Council’s Adult Social Care service, by NHS CCGs and by the Department for Transport.   We welcome referrals from professionals and we offer advice, information and training courses.

What we do

Our team carries out impartial assessments for:

  • Daily living
  • Scooter & powered wheelchairs
  • Walking and general mobility
  • Leisure & work
  • Children’s walkers
  • Vehicle adaptations and fitness to drive
  • Passenger & driver car access
  • Assistive technology
  • Travel

Plus we offer driving lessons in our adapted vehicles.

Services we offer professionals

  • Information, advice & events
  • Moving & handling training – see course dates here
  • Back care and wheelchair courses
  • Equipment demonstrations

Who can refer?

We welcome referrals from professionals:

  • NHS healthcare professionals – it is free to refer patients to us (except for the Try b4u Fly aircraft cabin assessment).
  • Private therapists – fee of £250
  • Rehabilitation case managers – fee of £250
  • Professionals at DVLA, Motability and the police may all refer clients to us.
  • Clients can also self-refer. A fee is required in some cases and these vary – they are explained on the Services pages.

If you would like to refer your client or patient, please use the Booking button at the top of the page.

What regions do we cover?

  • Adult and paediatric services: primarily LS, BD and WF postcodes, but we welcome enquiries from further afield.
  • Driving assessment service: Yorkshire. Offered in Leeds and at our satellite centres in York and Sheffield.

Our Centre hosts regular clinics for paediatric walkers.  These clinics are arranged by physiotherapists for children and their parents.  Usually representatives from equipment manufacturers attend too. For more information, please call or email the Centre.

Feedback from our clients

A very helpful and informative practical assessment by friendly informative assessors, very helpful.

The OT was very good, pleasant and thorough.

The assessment was a pleasure, informative & ultimately successful. I would willingly recommend William Merritt.

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