Read Ian’s story … how changing his toilet has kept his independence

Most people do not like to talk about toilets but we all need them. However our Chair, Ian has always been willing to share his experiences to help others particularly with MS. When he recently got a Disabled Facilities Grant towards the cost of a new washer/dryer toilet he was only to happy to share the difference it has made to his independence in the bathroom. Taken from Closomat website One man’s fight against the degeneration caused from Multiple Sclerosis is taking place in….the bathroom. Ian Westgate (64), from Eastbourne, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis more than 30 years ag...
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Happy festive time to all our supporter and partners.

It has been a very busy year. We thank all our volunteers for the work they do in helping Eastbourne be more disabled friendly. For those who have delivered our Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People to venue throughout the town and kept supplies topped up. A thank you to all our supporters and partners we work with especially Shopmobility, Inclusive Eastbourne, EDIG, Eastbourne Voice, The Herald, Best of Eastbourne We supported and promoted Purple Tuesday in November and as we head towards the New Year plans are well in hand for our Disabled Access Day event on 16th March 2019 in The Beac...
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Latest Disability Today article

Many thanks to Liz for writing the December article - Improving access and choice on airlines.  It certainly felt I was on a high when I took my first flight as a wheelchair user to Italy back in 1981. In those days there was no Disability Discrimination Act or right to receive special assistance as a person with reduced mobility.  Nowadays the right to special assistance is stipulated in EU law and applies when you fly on any airline from an EU airport or you fly on an EU registered airline to an EU airport. Watch this space for what this may mean after Brexit.   Back in 1981 I ...
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Have your say … ESCC Core offer

Please make sure You Have Your Say as this Core Offer will affect the disabled and vulnerable in our community. Thank you. Consultation closed 26 December 2018. Taken from ESCC website: We’d like to know your views on our core offer to East Sussex and the public services it would include. The part the county council can play is likely to reduce over the coming years and it’s important to know how residents of East Sussex see the future. We're under intense financial pressure because our funding from central Government is falling even though demand for our services is rising. We’ve...
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Eastbourne Local Lottery – Please support us

This Christmas if you feel like giving to the community how about supporting Eastbourne Access Group through the Eastbourne Local Lottery. If you buy your ticket through our Good Cause page we will receive 50p for every £1 ticket bought. It's a win, win ... you could win £25,000 and we get to raise funds for our group to enable us to continue to produce our Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People free of charge. Plus produce all our other accessible information sheets, etc on our website. Eastbourne Access Group making Eastbourne more disabled friendly. Thank you this-christmas-give-some...
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Could you be more Disability confident?

Following on from our event in The Arndale Centre for Purple Tuesday ... Could you be more Disability confident? There are more than 12 million disabled people in the UK who have a combined spending power of £249 billion. This is often referred to as the ‘purple pound’. There are over 7m working-age people in the UK who have a disability or health condition, representing a vast and varied pool of talent that retailers could tap into.   British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) promote the ‘Disability Confidence’ scheme that can benefit any retail business.  The retail s...
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Message for local businesses … on Purple Tuesday

A message for local Eastbourne businesses on Purple Tuesday Would you consider joining Eastbourne’s Community Toilet Scheme? Are you aware that thousands of Eastbourne residents might cancel a planned trip out to the shops due to worries about not finding a toilet available when they need it? Do you realise that a suitable available toilet enhances the image of your business and may enhance sales? We are campaigning to invite more businesses to allow the public to use their customer toilets, even if at that time they are not customers. Inclusive Eastbourne are working in partne...
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Inclusive Eastbourne will be joining us in The Arndale

Inclusive Eastbourne are getting excited about Purple Tuesday on 13th November. They will be joining us and Shopmobility on a stand in The Arndale to promote and celebrate the day - UK's first accessible shopping day. They will be promoting Inclusive Eastbourne’s campaign for more Community Toilets: local surveys found that a main concern for all disabled people is the availability of a suitable toilet.  Worries about not finding a loo can itself deter people from coming out to shop.  We found that the way in which a business arranges and cares for their customer toilets reflects the ethos ...
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Purple Tuesday, 13 November 2018

  The Access Group and Shopmobility will be supporting Purple Tuesday on 13th November with a stand in the Arndale Centre, thanks to the invitation from Bill Plumridge, The Centre Manager. Some of the major stores are taking part Marks and Spencer, Sainburys, Argos and ASDA. Nearly one in every five people in the UK has a disability or impairment, and over half of households have a connection to someone with a disability. Their collective spending power – the Purple Pound – is worth £249 billion to the UK economy and Purple Tuesday is to make customer-facing businesses more aware of...
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