Purple Tuesday 2 November 2021

Purple Tuesday 2021 is a change programme for organisations of all sizes from all sectors to get involved in, with the common goal of improving the customer experience for disabled people 365 days a year. In the UK alone, the #PurplePound – the spending power of disabled people and their families – is worth a staggering £274 billion and is estimated to be rising by 14% per year, yet less than 10% of organisations have a targeted plan to access the disability market. This is not only a huge frustration for disabled people, but is also a huge missed opportunity for organisations who could be be...
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Fabulous news from Living Streets!

'Making Walking Number 1' Campaign       The Department For Transport has confirmed it plans to proceed with all of its proposed changes to the Highway Code. This means, once the changes pass through Parliament in the autumn, people walking will be made the number one priority when it comes to road safety. The revised Highway Code will not only help make streets safer for walking, it will also shift atittudes to how we get around in our towns and cities. With your support we can create a nation where walking is the natural choice for everyday local journeys. Let’s do this together!  Matthe...
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WONDERFUL FUNDING SUCCESS!

We are really pleased to announce that our bid for a Grant of £300 from the John Jackson Charitable Trust has been successful!  We applied for this Grant to help with our events and printing costs.  So many thanks to the John Jackson Charitable Trust for this wonderful help!    
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Reforming public transport post pandemic

https://committees.parliament.uk/work/470/reforming-public-transport-after-the-pandemic/publications/ REF0009Written evidence submitted by Eastbourne Access GroupIn the light of the current Transport select committee inquiry into the impact ofCovid on transport and the future of travel post pandemic, the Eastbourne Accessgroup along with thousands of groups representing disabled people across thecountry are appalled about the exclusion of disabled people from consultation onactive travel schemes. Our active travel Eastbourne seafront cycling proposalswill remove disabled parking, bus stops an...
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Getting ready to go out and about?

We have updated our information sheets on accessible places to visit locally and the surrounding area, ideas on where to eat out, and stay. Together with our toilet leaflet and Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People they are all on our website pages and have a PFD version. Please take a look. Let us know of any other accessible places to add to our lists. Thank you.
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Latest Disability Today article from volunteer Gaynor Sadlo

https://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/opinion/letters/disability-today-the-year-1981-gave-us-all-such-hope-3223235 The year 1981 gave us all such hope Forty years ago, Eastbourne’s Access Group (EAG) was set up during the United Nation’s International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP) 1981. An aim of IYDP was to encourage persons with disabilities to form local organisations through which they could express their views and promote action to improve their situation. The great vision was to promote equal opportunities, full participation in society, and living conditions equal to other citizen...
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Our Open Day at The Hut in The Beacon

EASTBOURNE ACCESS GROUP OPEN DAY WEDS 30 JUNE 2021, 10.00AM-4PM AT THE HUT, THE BEACON CENTRE, EASTBOURNE, BN21 3NW COME AND JOIN US! LAUNCH OF ACCESS GROUP DISABILITY CHARTER EASTBOURNE GUIDE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE 2021 FIND OUT ABOUT EASTBOURNE ACCESS GROUP AND ACCESSIBLE PLACES TO VISIT, EAT OUT AND STAY IN EASTBOURNE www.eastbourneaccessgroup.org.uk admin@eastbourneaccessgroup.org.uk Tel/text: 07810 317185
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‘Access barriers and solutions in Eastbourne’ event 28 July 2021

Eastbourne Access Group and Eastbourne Blind Society invite you to attend an event ‘Access barriers and solutions in Eastbourne’ Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne on Wednesday 28thJuly 2021 10am-4pm for those who can and wish to attend in person and the event will also be streamed live to enable wider participation. Guest speakers representing retail and hospitality providers (including online services) will be in attendance with the aim of identifying and addressing some of the main barriers that are experienced by disabled people when using Eastbourne’s facilities and those e...
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DISABILITY TODAY WITH RAY BLAKEBROUGH: Many issues still need to be addressed

Eastbourne Access Group is proud to have supported and campaigned on behalf of disabled residents for 40 years. Whilst many campaigns have led to a growing understanding of disability locally we still find that society (Government and local councils) build in barriers that simply prevents disabled people from participating in society. Much of this comes from poor design and decisions which fails to be inclusive. We continue to campaign for a town centre which is inclusive to all residents. Inclusive design goes beyond providing physical access and creates solutions that work better for everyo...
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