Changing Places Awareness Day

It is great Eastbourne already has two Changing Places toilet facilities in the town. One on the Seafront by the Bandstand and the other in The Beacon shopping centre. The Council are also putting one in the newly refurbished Congress Theatre this year. Where else would you like to see one? Embrace, East Sussex Centre have a Space to Change (with a mobile bed and hoist) adjoining their accessible toilet. They are happy for people to use this facility as part of Eastbourne Community Toilet Scheme. https://eastbournecommunitytoilets.accessibleeastbourne.net/ Changing Places by Eastbourne ...
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Disability Today article – An enjoyable bus ride

The latest Disability Today article that was in Eastbourne Herald last Friday is now on the website. Take a look at Ian's story as he write about his first trip on a bus in his powerchair wheelchair. Did you know Stagecoach accept Class 2 mobility scooters and powerchair wheelchairs on their buses but the owners are required to show they can safely manoeuvre onto a bus, a permit card is given to show drivers. Ring Stagecoach Disability Helpline 01227 812409 for details.
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Parking on Pavements!

Today on the local South East Today news they are featuring parking on pavements as Huw Merriman MP visits Bexhill on Sea with his colleagues from the Transport Select Committee to see the problem facing disabled people with wheelchairs, scooters, mobility aids and parents pushing children's buggies and with young children as they have to face the barriers of getting onto the road (finding a dropped kerb) and then facing walking in the road with the traffic as they cannot get by cars and other vehicles parked on pavements. What is your experience here in Eastbourne? https://www.parliame...
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Volunteers Week 1 to 7 June

Ian, our chair has been highlighted as a volunteer champion. Take a look at his story. Taken from Volunteer Centre, East Sussex website: Ian regularly volunteers and champions accessibility in Eastbourne. Ian shared his story with Eastbourne Volunteers. How did you start volunteering?Ian says “The first instance of volunteering I can remember was offering to read a newspaper to an elderly gentleman who had suffered a severe stroke. This man had poor vision and speech difficulties, but somehow I understood what he was saying. The gratitude he and his wife expressed surprised m...
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A BIG thank you to our volunteers

It's Volunteers Weeks 1 - 7 June! A BIG thank you to all our volunteers who help run the Access Group. Thank you to the volunteers who campaign on all kinds of issues such as dropped kerbs, safe walking, Changing Places toilet facilities, accessible toilets. Thank you to the volunteers who distribute our Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People around the town. Thank you to the volunteers who type the minutes, post on social media and the website, keep our information up to date. Thank you to the volunteers who man our display stands in The Beacon and at events. Thank you to ...
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Royal Garden Party invite for Chair, Ian

Ian Westgate, Chair of the Access Group was invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace for his voluntary work in the local community. He has been Chair of the Access Group for over 13 years. He is also a member of the Eastbourne Disability Involvement Group. Previously Ian has been a member of the local MS committee for 15 years. He also started the MS exercise group at DGH gym over 15 years ago with a MS Millenium Grant. The group is still running today thanks to the support and help from Debbie Soave, Senior neuro physiotherapist.
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Eastbourne Taxi Licensing Consultation

Do you use taxis or do you find them unsuitable for your needs because you use a wheelchair? Would you like to see rear loading taxi especially for those who use power wheelchairs and have to stay in their wheelchair? After a prolonged campaign and in response to requests from residents, Eastbourne Borough Council has launched a public consultation on new guidance for the licensing of taxi drivers in the town. The draft guidance includes a particular emphasis on equality and accessibility and it is proposed that all new Hackney Carriages (taxis) will only be licensed if they are wh...
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Hearing Loop in Congress Theatre

There has been some adverse publicity about the hearing loop in The Congress Theatre not working. We have spoken to The Manager at Eastbourne Theatres he advised they have had a few technical problems but he can reassure theatre goers there is a Loop System and Infrared simular to Devonshire Park Theatre. Headphones and neck loops are available from the Duty Manager.
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Eastbourne taxi licensing consultation

Eastbourne Access Group want to ensure disabled people have their say about Eastbourne Taxi licensing consultation and encourages them to fill in this consultation as a current taxi user or a future user if more taxis were accessible and available when needed not just between school runs... Eastbourne Borough Council has launched a public consultation on new guidance for the licensing of taxi drivers in the town. Anyone who wants to be a taxi driver in Eastbourne must apply to the council for a licence and pass certain tests. The draft guidance introduces four broad objectives; th...
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