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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New Changing Places on Eastbourne Seafront

We are delighted to hear from Eastbourne Council they are putting in a new Changing Places toilet facility on the middle prom by the Bandstand. They are hoping it will be completed for the Airbourne event in mid August. Changing Places differ from other accessible toilets in that they provide - space for a disabled person and one or two carers, an adult size height adjustable changing bench and a hoist facility. It will be similar design to the one in The Arndale Centre. Having two Changing Places in the town will make a real difference to severe disabled people of all ages. They will be...
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Eastbourne Rotary Tree of Light cheque presentation

We were delighted to be nominated by Sovereign Harbour Rotary Club as a beneficiary of their 2016 Rotary Tree of Light fund. Chairman, Ian Westgate picked up a cheque for £1,400.00 on Thursday at their cheque presentation event. He said ' We are very grateful for the support of the Rotary Club this money will make a great difference to us in providing accessible information to both residents and visitors that come to Eastbourne and promoting accessibility for all'.    
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