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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We made it onto BBC South East Today …

Eastbourne Access Group and Embrace with Stephen Lloyd MP are on BBC South East Today local news today ... campaigning for better dropped kerb design at hotspots like Prince William Parade where the vision to the right is blocked by parked cars, vans and lorries and you can't see oncoming traffic. Making this dangerous particularly for wheelchair users, visually impaired and parents with children in prams and buggies as they have to go into the road past the parked vehicles to see if safe to cross.
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Chair, Ian meets Stephen Lloyd MP – see video clip

Our Chair, Ian recently met up with Stephen Lloyd MP to promote our 2018 edition of Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People and to share various issues and concerns the group are currently involved with to help disabled people in our community. Changing Places toilet facility in the Arndale Centre which will not be available when the shopping mall closes in the evening leaving cinema / restaurant users limited toilet facilities. The Group have written to Cineworld and Bill Plumridge, Manager of the Arndale with our concerns. Apparently it will be up to the Cineworld and the restauranteurs what...
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Parking on Pavements – what are your thoughts?

This is a copy of the email sent out to local disability groups - what are your thoughts? Chair, Ian doesn't want it to fail at this early stage any ideas how this can be taken forward? Please let us know. Dear friends and colleagues At the Council meeting on Wednesday 9th May, a proposal to ban parking on pavements was amended in such a way that the result was a decision to wait for central government to amend the Road Traffic Act. This could take a considerable time, the best estimate being 18 months at least but I am not that optimistic. We need action before then to make our pavem...
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NEW Changing Place on Middle Prom by Bandstand is open!

We are delighted to report the new changing place toilet facility on Eastbourne Seafront is open. Located on the Middle Prom by the bandstand. This is going to make a difference to so many people residents and visitors alike. See the link below how you can apply for a key and the requirements they need. What is a changing places toilet? Changing places toilet is somewhere private and clean with the correct equipment for disabled adults and children to use when out and about. How do they differ from a disabled toilet? Unlike standard disabled toilets, the Changing P...
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Latest Disability Today Article – Changing Places and Toilets

We are delighted to have the new Changing Place on Eastbourne Seafront just seemed appropriate to write about this and The Eastbourne Community Toilet Scheme for Disability Today. Toilets are a subject often people do not want to talk about but we all need them! If you know a local business that would be happy for non-paying customers to use their toilet facilities please let us know. The Eastbourne Community Toilet Scheme which was started by Inclusive Eastbourne (previously known as Eastbourne Deisgned for All) is not just for wheelchair accessible toilets but general toilets for Ladies/G...
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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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