The Accessible Calderdale Project aims to develop and improve access and inclusion in Calderdale. They are looking for people from the disabled community who want to join their focus groups and have a voice around the issues that impact them.
All members of our group have a wide range of impairments and disabilities, or are family carers, and everyone has an equal voice. Coming together over the pandemic on Zoom has given them a way of finding solutions together, supporting each other at the same time, and inviting disabled people in other areas who are leading on similar work.
The Project runs a number of sub-groups:
- If you are passionate about improving the access to our wonderful countryside, parks and greenspaces join their Accessible Countryside Group. Being active and getting out and about is increasingly important to mental and physical health.
- If you want to improve local transport, buses, trains, taxis and getting around our area they have a Transport Group that meets every other month. They work with the licensing department and the local council. We know that getting around is key to coming out of lockdown.
- We all know how important our health and well being is especially our mental health. Their new Health and Well Being group is looking at issues faced by disabled people in accessing the right health care.
- They lead on the Tourism Stakeholder group in Calderdale and feed back the voice of disabled people into improving access for people who live, work, study and visit our area. They are going to be meeting at Shibden Hall, Hardcastle Craggs and the Piece Hall over the next few months so why not join them to discuss access with their relevant staff team.
- They have a new Accessible Calderdale Sports Group established by one of their young members with a focus on getting out and about coming out of lockdown and getting involved in Boccia.