Eastbourne Disabled Access Day Event a great success!

We had a great time at our event despite the windy damp weather with lots of people coming to see us. Thank you to everyone for their support who provided a display and the working group for organising the event. We were delighted  that both the Eastbourne Mayor and Stephen Lloyd MP were able to visit our event. Many thanks to The Beacon for hosting us and for the help Vee Cooke gave.
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Disability Today’s Article – Community Loo Campaign

This month's article has been writtem by Gaynor Sadlo of Inclusive Eastbourne. ** YOU CAN ALSO MEET GAYNOR AT THE DISABLED ACCESS DAY EVENT TOMORROW, SATURDAY 16TH MARCH IN THE BEACON OU WILL FIND HER NEAR SAINSBURY'S ENTRANCE IN THE 'LOCAL SUPPORT' ZONE ** Community Loo Campaign Have you ever been ‘caught short’ needing a toilet when out and about?  This is a common experience for everyone at times but it’s a fact that concern about finding a suitable loo may put some of us off going out at all.  Eastbourne has about 73 public toilets serving more than 100,000 people - that’s about 1...
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2019 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People now available

You will be able to get a copy of the NEW 2019 edition of our Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People at the Eastbourne Disabled Access Day Event on 16th March, 10 am to 4 pm in The Beacon shopping centre. Our Eastbourne Access Group stand will be located in the main square by Shades. We will have our other information sheets on accessible places to visit, where to eat out in and around Eastbourne plus much, much more. Look forward to seeing you there.
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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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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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BBC South East Today – media coverage

On Sunday morning members of the Eastbourne Access Group and Embrace met with Stephen Lloyd MP and BBC South East to support the relaunch of Eastbourne Access Group's campaign "Sustainable Access for All". This campaign is looking at how we can make danger hotspots like Prince William Parade safe for disabled people of Eastbourne. The current arrangements mean that disabled people cannot see or be seen by oncoming traffic at the drop kerb location. The arrangements are not safe for disabled residents in wheelchairs, for people with visual impairments, parents with children buggies and prams...
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The National Federation of the Blind walk on promenade

The National Federation of the Blind celebrated its 75th anniversary in Eastbourne today with the annual meeting and a walk along the seafront. The group says it wants to highlight Eastbourne's promenade as one of the last accessible areas which is not currently shared use (ie shared with cyclists). Stephen Lloyd MP came to meet the members before their walk which was much appreciated. The NFB has held its AGM in the town since the mid 1970's.
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Accessible Eastbourne is launched

Should we celebrate Eastbourne’s accessibility? We can all agree, surely, that Eastbourne is a great place to live and visit but is this everyone’s experience? There are many consumers for whom shopping, leisure and eating out are not as straightforward as for most. People with disabilities or sensory impairment; those with mental health issues; older people; or just parents with boisterous children are just some examples, who often feel overlooked or unvalued. Prompted by this understanding, local campaign “Inclusive Eastbourne” has recently carried out a Mystery Shopping survey*, mainl...
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