A DETAILED accessibility guide to shops, pubs, restaurants cinemas, theatres and public buildings is to be produced for Worcester by leading disability organisation DisabledGo.
Each listed venue will be visited in person by a DisabledGo surveyor, who will collect up to 1,000 pieces of information and will take measurements and photographs.
The information will then be compiled into an access guide that will be promoted via www.disabledgo.com and www.worcester.gov.uk
DisabledGo has already produced similar guides to over 125,000 towns and cities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Surveyors are visiting Worcester venues until the end of February, with the information due to launch online in summer 2018.
Barry Stevenson, Chairman of DisabledGo said: “At DisabledGo.com we are passionate about empowering those with disabilities by providing essential detailed access information that enables independence and choice.
“The project that Worcester City Council has commissioned will benefit residents, visitors and local businesses and promote equality and inclusivity in the area.”
Coun Mike Johnson, chair of Worcester City Council’s Communities Committee said: “This will be a really useful tool to help customers and visitors plan ahead, removing the fear of the unknown and enabling them to get the most out of their next visit to Worcester.
“If you run a local venue and are contacted by DisabledGo, this is a really positive opportunity to not only attract more customers but to also obtain friendly advice on simple adaptations which could make your venue even more accessible for disabled people.”
Coun Lynn Denham, chair of Worcester Dementia Action Alliance added: “The very detailed surveys that DisabledGo undertake are invaluable to people living with a wide variety of disabilities.
“The Alliance, and other disability groups, will be working with DisabledGo to help make our city more disability-friendly.
“Better understanding and small adjustments made by businesses can make a huge difference to people living with dementia, so they can continue enjoying active lives.”