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Eastbourne Access Event
on Saturday, 6th June 2020
in The Beacon
Eastbourne Herald 7 February 2020
Eastbourne Access group to hold free event on Saturday 6 June 2020
A Disability Access day is being held in the Beacon on Saturday June 6. It is a free open event for all disabled people, their families, and carers, and will take place in the shopping centre and at Banker’s corner outside Barclays. Barclays Bank will also host a display and stands inside. There will be stands at the event on advice and information, transport and mobility, as well as activities for children and young people, and an arts zone featuring local theatre and arts facilities. Eastbourne Access group is hosting the event and is also seeking a new chairperson for the group. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07810 317185.
Thank you to everyone who came to our Purple Tuesday Event on Tuesday, 12th November 2019 in The Beacon.
Inspiring businesses to make practical changes to improve disabled customers’ experience.
Purple Tuesday 2019 – a day which aimed to improve customer experience for disabled people – was held at The Beacon, Eastbourne, on November 12.
The day was organised by Eastbourne Access Group and Inclusive Eastbourne with the support of The Beacon where staff have committed to taking part in disability awareness training.
Eastbourne Borough Council and the Eastbourne Disability Involvement Group (DIG) sponsored the event that was also supported by Eastbourne Blind Society, Eastbourne Hearing Resource Centre and Eastbourne Shopmobility.
Customers were able to talk to organisations to find out more about practical actions that could help the needs of disabled people. This was the second year for the event that was launched by disability organisation Purple in 2018.
Gaylor Sadlor, Director of Inclusive Eastbourne, said: “We were really pleased at the response we had to this year’s event. We’re urging local businesses to make a lasting commitment to changing their organisation to better the experience for disabled customers as well as their carers and families.”
Bill Plumridge, manager of The Beacon, said: “We take accessibility for our disabled customers very seriously and are constantly looking at ways we can help and improve their needs. We have given dementia and autism awareness training to our team and are organising disability awareness training too. All our stores have shown a commitment to becoming more accessible.”
We will share results of your shopping experiences and accessible toilet survey once collated after 6 January 2020. Thank you for taking part.
For more information about the day and great resources for businesses on how to make their businesses more accessible take a look at the Purple Tuesday website:
Our 2019 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People PDF version available here
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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 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 members, some with a disability but all with an interest in promoting Disability Awareness. Together with representatives from Eastbourne Council we seek to represent the people who live with the daily problems disability presents and help focus the public and private sector on efforts on making things easier.
We meet at St Saviour’s Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne BN21 4UT every 4th Wednesday of the month, 10am -12 noon from January 2020.
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 RADAR, the Disability Network and 3VA and works closely with other groups and charities 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 2019 web page.
If you would like any further information on the Eastbourne Access Group
please contact the chairman on
07810 317 185