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What is a Belper Sunflower Badge?

Accessible Belper and the University of Derby have teamed up with Love Belper to bring shoppers in Belper The Belper Sunflower Badge.

What is a Belper Sunflower Badge?

The Sunflower is the adopted symbol for hidden disabilities. The Belper Sunflower Badge is exactly the same idea as the Sunflower Lanyards that you may have seen in supermarkets and airports. They are for people who have a hidden disability and they make others aware that people who wear a Sunflower may have additional needs or require additional help or support.

What is a hidden disability?

A hidden disability is a disability that isn’t always visible by looking at or talking to someone. This could be for example; autism, asthma, dementia, a mental health condition, a sensory loss or a physical disability that causes pain, fatigue or impacts on movement.

This is not an exhaustive list and there are many other hidden disabilities.

Wearing a Belper Sunflower Badge

Some people may wear a Belper Sunflower Badge to let others know that they have a hidden disability and consequently may need additional support, time or adjustments.

Not everybody who has a hidden disability requires additional support and not everybody who requires additional support will wear a sunflower therefore, it is important to be sensitive and not make assumptions.

Where to get a Belper Sunflower Badge

Belper Sunflower Badges are available from shops in Belper who clearly display the Sunflower Badge poster.

The Belper Sunflower Badge Makes You Visible.

Wearing the Belper Sunflower badge indicates to people around you that you have a hidden disability.

Wear it and let people know you may need additional time, support or adjustments

Wear it and let people know that it's okay for you to use a lift or a rest chair

Wear it and help people to realise that not all disabilities are visible.

 

13 Money Saving tips for disabled people

With the news that the blue badge parking permit scheme has now been extended to people with 'hidden disabilities', we wanted to round up some other tips for disabled MoneySavers – from knowing your consumer rights and what adjustments firms should make for you, to how to get a free (or cheap) key to accessible toilets or a 'free' cinema ticket for a friend/carer.

 

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The Access Card

New to Accessible Belper. Never one to miss an opportunity, our Chair Siobhan has applied for the Access Card. It's a brilliant scheme run nationwide by Derby's Nimbus. For all those people with disabilities who are fed up with having to produce all the different types of proof that demonstrates they are disabled ! To make sure you can take full advantage of every opportunity find out more about the Access Card on our website. We will also be publicising it to shops and services locally to ensure you get the ease of access you are entitled to.

 

Wow! They approached us !

Having heard about Accessible Belper and our award winning work the local Cooperative have generously offered to run a fundraising event on Saturday 24th August from 10am til 4pm.

 

So what will there be?

There will be a car boot sale, raffle, tombola and card stall. Along with visitors from our local Town Council and your chance for suggesting how to make the town even more accessible! Belper is in the final of the National High Street award and we have to demonstrate how much more we are doing since we won the award in 2014 (by the way voting doesn't close until 7th October).

It's going to be such an exciting day and it raises funds along with awareness.

Don't forget it's not just about ramps. It's about awareness which leads to different attitudes and will create understanding. How are people going to understand the difficulties with accessibility around the town if no-one ever talks about it or if they are invisible disabilities ?

Don't miss your opportunity to shop and contribute to the community we live in. Don't forget

Saturday 24th August Co-op supermarket Strutt Street, Belper 10am-4pm

 

Slow Shopping at Belper Food Festival on Sunday 7th July 2019

This year's Food Festival will open between 9.30am and 10am specifically for people with difficulty getting around.

So whether you're a wheelchair user, live with dementia, have a visual impairment, have an aversion to crowds etc then this is your opportunity to take advantage of this wonderful event at a quieter, more relaxed time.

This is one of the many ways that Accessible Belper is working with Belper Town Council and other local groups in aiming to make Belper accessible for all.

Please ensure that anyone with a disabling condition knows about this initiative and can enjoy all our town has to offer.

 

Ladies for Loos Concert, Unitarian Chapel, 20th April at 7.30pm

Belper Ramps It Up

Belper has taken another step forward in making itself the Most Accessible Town in Derbyshire. Accessible Belper, with funding support from The Central England Cooperative Society, have bought three ramps to be shared amongst the local independent shops. This will allow access to some premises for wheelchair users, pushchairs and other people with mobility issues.

Customers who may not be able to manage the steps into their favourite shops or eateries can now ring in advance of their visit to book the ramps. They simply have to look up the phone number of where they want to visit on the business’s own website or check out the business survey page at www.accessiblebelper.org.

On Saturday 23rd February Accessible Belper officially launched the ramps with the help of the Belper Town Council Mayor Tim Sutton. This is another major step forward in welcoming every resident and visitor to the delights of Belper Town, whatever their needs.

The ramps will be stored at The Perfect Cuppa on Strutt Street, Time and Again on King Street and Cheeky Bambini on Bridge Street.

Barriers are being broken down in every way, in the Most Accessible Town in Derbyshire.

 

Roll Up! Roll Up!

And at Accessible Belper we mean that Literally!

Yes today we can announce that with the support of Central England Co-operative, we have been able to provide ramps for the shops in Belper to share ensuring access to wheelchair users, pushchairs and others with mobility difficulties.

Customers who may not be able to manage the steps into their favourite shops or eateries can now ring in advance of their visit to book the ramps. They simply have to look up the phone number of where they want to visit on the business website or www.accessiblebelper. org.

On Saturday 23rd February Accessible Belper will be officially launching the ramps with the help of the Belper Town Council Mayor. This is another major step/roll forward in welcoming every resident and visitor to the delights of Belper Town, whatever their needs.

Barriers are being broken down in every way, in the Most Accessible Town in Derbyshire!

 

Welcome to the latest update on the Accessible Belper Purple Pledge.

What no Tuesday? I hear you cry. Of course not. This is all about a sustainable commitment in the town of Belper.

We are already gifted with a friendly community. Accessible Belper has raised Disability Awareness in organisations throughout our town. With Purple Tuesday we can build on this growing understanding of the issues that the disabled community encounter. The pledges made by our retailers are about ensuring that they will do all they can to remove barriers indefinitely.

The publicity that we have carried out for Purple Tuesday has encouraged some of our local independent shops to pledge some or all of the following:

  • Our staff will attend Disability Awareness training.
  • We will run a children’s drawing competition inviting them to illustrate barriers they see.
  • We will work with Accessible Belper to provide ramps.
  • We will ensure our signage will let customers know how to contact us if they are unable to access the premises.
  • We will put up our Purple Pledge poster clearly.
  • We will ask for a premises disability assessment.
  • We will film upstairs to show customers without access our products.

On Purple Tuesday members of Accessible Belper will be around town publicising the Purple message and provide any support they can.

Belper is not yet perfect but many people are doing all they can to make Belper welcoming and inclusive whatever day it is.

 

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