Perch Princes Park cafe is open and accessible

Perch Princes Park is the new name for the cafe in Princes Park which opened last week. The previous name was The Boathouse. The cafe is fully accessible offering indoors and outside tables. Take a look at their website for more details about booking and Covid-19 restrictions or keep up to date on their facebook page. This cafe overlooks the lake. The park has good pathways around it for wheelchairs, walkers and children's prams and buggies. There are two children play areas, grass areas for picnics and games. Rose garden and other flower beds. The public toilets including an access...
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Pick up our Guide from Defiant Sports Inclusion Hub

Our good friends at Defiant sports now have a supply of our Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People at their Inclusion Hub, Sovereign Harbour BN23 6JH (the old Blockbuster unit). So if you would like a hard copy they will be pleased to see you. Don't forget to check out their activities programme, there is something for all ages and abilities. Loretta and Defiant Sports team, thank you for your support. If you know a venue that would like to have a stock of our Guides please let us know. 0781 0317 185 or email info@eastbourneaccessgroup.org.uk
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Changing Places Awareness Day, 19 July 2020

We are pleased to have two Changing Places in Eastbourne, one on the Seafront by The Bandstand and the other in The Beacon shopping centre. The Access Group have been campaigning for years to get more installed and currently asking the council to install one in The Congress Theatre or Welcome Building and asking the Manager at Langney Shopping Centre to improve access all their toilets facilities with the new centre extention this is an excellent opportunity to install a changing places facility. The Access Group is really pleased to hear the government announcement today on Changing Place...
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Latest Disability Today article – Lockdown: welcome to my world

16 weeks into the Coronavirus lockdown there has been much reporting of negative effects on society but in the face of negativity there is a positive.  I am referring to the equalisation opportunity for disabled people compared to their non-disabled peer groups. Whereas non-disabled people have had their lives severely restricted by lockdown to try and limit the spread of Covid-19, this is how many disabled people’s lives are every day. Not going out is nothing new to a large number of disabled people. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals have been made available by streaming them free o...
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2020 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People hard copies available at Seafront Office

We are pleased to tell you the Tourist Information Seafront Office by the Bandstand, 6 Lower Parade, Grand Parade, BN21 3AD has a stock of our new 2020 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People so if you would like a hard copy you can pick one up from there. Alternatively Proctors Health Care shop 8-9 Station Parade, BN21 1BE also have a stock. They have our toilet leaflet if you want to know where the public toilets are within the town. You can also purchase a RADAR key for the accessible toilets. The TIC Seafront office can give you access details of the Changing Places toilet facility that is ...
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Coronavirus: exercise and cultural activities you can do at home

Our friends at Possability People have links to resources to help you stay active while you are staying at home during the Coronavirus crisis on their website. Staying at home can mean many people won’t get the same amount of exercise as they do when they go about their daily routines. It also means we all have to find other ways of staying active and not getting bored while we are at home much more than usual.  If you have not started an exercise programme before please seek appropriate guidance, either online or by phone, before you do so. Enjoy! https://possabilitypeople.org.uk/c...
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Coping through Covid-19 update

Coping through Covid-19 Community Hubs will remain open across East Sussex until at least the end of August for people who have no one else to help them cope with the effects of the virus. If you need information or advice, help to get food or medicine or are struggling with how Covid-19 has affected your life, your local hub may be able to assist. People who are shielded because of an extreme medical condition, are being contacted with details of how some restrictions will ease from 6 July. People getting a Government-provided food box or medicine delivery will continue ...
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Resuming our monthly meetings via Zoom from 24 June 2020

We have been discussing how we can reconvene meetings of the Access Group.  The need to socially distance, the lack of access to public transport at peak times and to ensure access for people with hearing impairment in the church hall (if tables are separated for distancing) seem to make this too difficult for us to resume meetings at the church hall for the remainder of this year.  We propose that we start to resume some meetings via Zoom for the time being.  Please keep all the remaining dates in your diary for now (already confirmed for 2020). I will confirm updates for the meetin...
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Our new Logo

We hope you like our new logo designed by Callum Lock from Defiant Sports. The number of people with a disability in Eastbourne is set to rise from 20% of the local population to 24% in the next decade (approximately 25,000). Our new logo demonstrates that we capture, care and campaign for this community.  Furthermore the graphics are designed to ensure we expand awareness of people living with hidden disabilities, as well endorse the needs of people living with more visible disabilities such as mobility and sensory impairment.
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