Latest News from Accessible Belper
Accessibility Lights up Belper !
The town of Belper is celebrating the Accessibility Awareness embraced by it’s community with the Chair of Accessible Belper lighting their Christmas lights with their Mayor this year. The Celebrations will take place on Friday the 29th of November in the Memorial Gardens at 5.45pm.
Siobhan Fennell began Accessible Belper just four years ago, leading a team to raise awareness of the needs of disabled people throughout families and community organisations. The Town has listened and taken action to ensure that everyone can enjoy businesses and services equally.
The lighting of the lights this year will be a wonderful way of highlighting the essential nature of a message that is being spread by a welcoming, friendly town.
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.
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
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!
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.
- 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.