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Eastbourne Access Group is proud and excited to announce that our immediate past chair, Ian Westgate has been awarded an MBE in the Queens Honours List. Congratulations Ian!
We have been nominated as Beat the Street – Eastbourne’s charity/community group for year 2020.
16th September until 4th November 2020.
Can you spare 1 – 2 hours a month
to volunteer from home for the Access Group?
We are looking for more volunteers
Please get in touch and have a chat if you are interested.
Access Group Monthly Meetings
Due to Covid-19 our next monthly meeting will be via Zoom on Wednesday, 28th October 10.30am-12.30 pm.
It is our AGM with GUEST SPEAKER: Devan Briggs on the Eastbourne Borough Council’s Business Disability awareness scheme.
Wednesday, 25th November, 10.30am-11.45am.
We invite you to attend a presentation on:
SOCIAL MODEL OF DISABILITY- APPROACH TO REMOVING BARRIERS
For disabled young people and adults living with any physical, sensory, mental health, cognitive or learning impairment, as well as their families and supporters. Please come along and share your experiences of the many barriers we all face as disabled people in our daily lives and in accessing our local community
AIM- to work together after the session to co-design information and an approach to challenging barriers to access in our local community.
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All our other events have been cancelled for the immediate future due to the Covid-19.
Our 2020 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People
is now available on our website pages
or PDF version link below:
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You can now support us through
Eastbourne Local Lottery
Please buy your ticket(s) through our Good Cause Page
A weekly Saturday draw
We receive 50p for every £1 ticket bought
please see our Can You Help Us page
What is the Eastbourne Access Group?
The Eastbourne Access Group is a voluntary community group that was formally created in 1981, the Year of Disabled People. The group was originally formed to oversee the making of the Eastbourne section of a county-wide Access Guide.
Eastbourne is a fine Victorian town, built mostly on the level but with steps and stairs everywhere! Some barriers to access in the town are difficult to resolve and others physically impossible due to the construction of buildings and in others financial constraints can mean progress is slow. However, over the years more places are now becoming more accessible. Adjustments being made such as additional ramped front access, hearing loops, walk-in level access showers, accessible toilets, more Blue Badge parking spaces and dropped kerbs for easier use of mobility vehicles.
With the aid of the Eastbourne Access Guide for Disabled People and this website we aim to show you some of the accessible places to visit in the town. The group is actively promoting accessibility for all to the public and private sector alike.
The Access Group consists of a small number of volunteers, some with a disability but all with an interest in making Eastbourne more disabled friendly. We seek to represent the people who live with the daily challenges disability presents and help focus the public and private sector on removing barriers to improving accessibility for all.
We meet at St Saviour’s Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne BN21 4UT every 4th Wednesday of the month, 10am -12 noon. (Due to Covid 19 we are currently holding Zoom meetings – see details above).
The Eastbourne Access Group is an active member of the Eastbourne Disability Involvement Group (EDIG) that works in close liaison with Eastbourne Borough Council to help make Eastbourne the Premier South Coast Resort embracing Inclusion and Equality for all.
The Group is a member of 3VA and works closely with other groups, charities and partner organisations within the town.
The Group is always keen to welcome new volunteers and representatives from other organisations. If you would like to make a difference please get in touch. Take a look at our ‘Can you help us’ page. The Access Group will be pleased to welcome you. Your opinion is valuable.
The Group produces the Eastbourne Access Guide for Disabled People which contains guidance on places, spaces and information around Eastbourne. It also contains wheelchair route maps and useful contacts. You can find the latest edition on ACCESS GUIDE 2020 web page.
If you would like any further information on the Eastbourne Access Group please contact
07810 317 185