Bassetlaw District Council has partnered with AccessAble; the UK’s leading provider of detailed disabled access information to promote accessible venues within the district.
The Council has worked with AccessAble to create Detailed Access Guides to more than 50 venues across Worksop, Retford, Harworth and Tuxford, which include car parks, cafés, libraries, museums, shopping areas, parks, tourist attractions, and bus stations.
The Guides are now live and can be viewed by visiting www.accessable.co.uk/bassetlaw-district. The website features facts, figures and photographs to help residents and visitors plan their journeys to and around the district, covering everything from parking facilities and hearing loops, to walking distances and accessible toilets.
We know everyone’s accessibility needs are different, which is why having detailed, accurate information is so important. It’s why all of the details you’ll find in the Guides have been checked in person, on site, by trained surveyors.
Bassetlaw resident and AccessAble user, Alison Beevers, said: “For my family, having essential information before we leave the house is hugely important to creating a stress free visit. Not just on a practical level, but also emotionally, because you don’t want to get turned away from anywhere or have to change your plans and have your day ruined.
“It’s great that Bassetlaw District Council has invested in this resource and what I like is the wealth of detail for each venue, which is all in one place. I’d like to encourage all Bassetlaw businesses to look at the accessibility of their venues, and tell everyone about it via this website.
“It’s estimated that the spending power of disabled households in the UK is around £274 billion and businesses lose around £2 billion a month by ignoring the needs of disabled people. Whilst approximately three in four disabled people and their families have walked away from a UK business citing poor accessibility. Being involved can be hugely beneficial for everyone.”
The Council commissioned AccessAble in order to help make it’s town centres as accessible as possible, and to improve the lifestyles of disabled people and their families.
Cllr Lynne Schuller, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “As a Council we are fully committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive society in which nobody is disadvantaged. An important part of delivering on this promise is highlighting the accessibility of our town centres so that we can reduce the number of barriers that may prevent people from visiting.
“We also want to create a place where people feel comfortable and are reassured by the ease of access to facilities that can be used by everyone with dignity and confidence.”
David Livermore, Director of Business Development at AccessAble, said:
“We were delighted to work in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council to create Access Guides to venues in the district. The AccessAble website and App will enhance the experience for everyone, giving people access to crucial detail on the go. We hope that other organisations will look to follow the council’s example and partner with us in our mission to enable disabled people to have greater freedom in exploring local venues.”
The Council commissioned AccessAble to produce these guides as part of the Government’s Welcome Back Funding programme. You can view Bassetlaw District’s Accessibility Guide here: www.accessable.co.uk/bassetlaw-district
It’s also available via the AccessAble App which is free to download from the App Store and Google Play, and provides accessibility information on the go.
Bassetlaw joins over 70,000 places already covered across the UK, making www.AccessAble.co.uk a great tool for planning a day out or trip away.
Pictured, from left to right, is: David Livermore; Cllr Lynne Schuller, Alison Beevers and Cllr Sue Shaw (former Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing).
Last Updated on Wednesday, December 20, 2023