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Equipment Bank

What is the Equipment Bank?

CALL Scotland loans assistive technology equipment to individuals with disabilities throughout Scotland. Loans of equipment are made to allow for a period of assessment and trial at home, school or work, and to identify equipment for long term use.

How do I know what to borrow?

Sometimes borrowers know exactly what they need as a detailed assessment has already been done. If not, contact the local Assistive Technology specialist service or support team to request an assessment. For colleagues in schools, this is usually the local authority ATLAS contact, in the case of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) equipment, it would be the individual's Speech and Language Therapist.

If the individual's needs and skills have been assessed and identified, but there is still some uncertainty about what equipment to borrow, contact us so that we can discuss the equipment options that are available.

Who can borrow equipment?

  • School staff or the local support team around pupils.
  • Health care staff.
  • Workers in social care and community services.

In some circumstances, individuals or parents can borrow equipment directly.

AAC equipment loans are restricted to Speech and Language Therapists who have the appropriate AAC knowledge and skills to support use of the equipment. If SLTs are unsure about this, please contact the AAC lead person in your health board for advice and support.

How do I borrow equipment?

Once you've found the technology you would like to borrow, write down the 'CALL number' of the item and contact us to request a loan.

Loans are usually for a two month period, but in certain circumstances it may be possible to have an extension.

How much does a loan cost?

The loan and shipment to the school or other address is free, but we expect borrowers to parcel and pay for the return delivery.

What happens if equipment is damaged or lost?

Borrowers are responsible for equipment while it is on loan.

If the loan item is damaged or lost then the borrower is liable for the repair or full replacement costs.

The borrower may wish to arrange insurance through their school or service.