Pictured are Disability Action Yorkshire customer Nick Moxon and the charity’s operations director, David Ashton-Jones outside the accessible Harrogate Library on Victoria Avenue
A Harrogate charity is asking the District’s business and leisure sectors if their facilities are accessible to disabled people?
The call from Disability Action Yorkshire, which this year celebrates its 80th anniversary, comes ahead of this weekend’s national Disabled Access Day.
Disabled Access Day is an award-winning campaign sponsored by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website and app where people can share, review and discover accessible places online.
One sports club that has recently made itself more accessible and welcoming to disabled people is Harrogate Town. Last year the club invited Disability Action Yorkshire customers to test its new facilities, and to then make recommendations to help further improve the environment for disabled people.
Jackie Snape, chief executive of Disability Action Yorkshire, said: “Whilst it’s great to celebrate Disabled Access Day and to actively promote those places that have gone out of their way to become accessible, there are plenty that do not.
“Accessibility has come a long way over the last decade, but there is still more that can be done. Many of these changes can be done at little or no cost to a business, and by making themselves accessible to disabled people, they may well see an increase in customers and trade.”
Mrs Snape added: “Harrogate Town FC and Spa Tennis Clubs are actively promoting inclusivity, and it would be superb to see others follow their lead.
“We are currently conducting audits with a number of businesses and organisations who want to achieve this, and we would love to hear from others who want to become accessible to all.”
*Magda Gay, who has recently completed an access auditing course at the Centre for Accessible Environments, is offering a free accessible toilet review to the first three services, businesses or organisations to contact her between March 10 and March 12.
The next three to make contact will be offered the same review for £50. Magda can be contacted by email at email@example.com or via her mobile on 07528 388 476.