Can you help us?

Eastbourne Access group needs YOU!  Can you spare 1 -2 hours per month to volunteer flexibly for the Access group from your home? We campaign to make Eastbourne more accessible for disabled people of all ages, their carers and families. We produce the Eastbourne Access guide that has lots of information in it about local attractions, businesses and other services.  We also run events and information stands. We meet currently on Zoom and are campaigning on transport, town centre, seafront cycling, entertainment amongst other other local issues. Come and join us. Please...
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Don’t Feel Blue About Badge Renewal

Our friends at Citizen Advice Eastbourne have asked us the share Don’t Feel Blue About Badge RenewalNavigating systems to pay bills and renew essentials like blue badges might feel daunting whether online or on paper, especially when you need to provide extra documentation. Reductions in some services means it is not always possible to get instant help so here is a brief summary to guide you through the blue badge renewals process in East SussexYou can apply to renew your blue badge online via a government portal or by post. If you do not wish to renew digitally or if you have not real...
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Frustrated by lack of disabled inclusive design in Eastbourne

Well done to Ray, our deputy chair who has written a letter to the local paper, Eastbourne Herald which was published in today's edition, Friday 4th September 2020. Frustrated by lack of disabled inclusive design in Eastbourne Eastbourne Access Group is increasingly frustrated at the lack of inclusive design by East Sussex County Council when it builds new public realm schemes. The latest scheme is the seafront cycle route. Once again we see more disabled parking bays lost (five in total), in addition to a loss of three bus stops and nowhere for taxis to park and drop off old...
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Tourist Information Centre – has a new venue and new name

Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre is on the move to the Welcome Building by The Congress Theatre and has a new name -Eastbourne Visitor Centre. From 7th September Eastbourne Visitor Centre opening hours will be Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm. The telephone number remains the same 01323 415415. The new venue address is Eastbourne Visitor Centre, Welcome Building, Compton Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4BP. It is fully accessible and there are some blue badge parking spaces on the road or use the on-street pay and display bays, except in spaces designated for other user...
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Perch Princes Park cafe is open and accessible

Perch Princes Park is the new name for the cafe in Princes Park which opened last week. The previous name was The Boathouse. The cafe is fully accessible offering indoors and outside tables. Take a look at their website for more details about booking and Covid-19 restrictions or keep up to date on their facebook page. This cafe overlooks the lake. The park has good pathways around it for wheelchairs, walkers and children's prams and buggies. There are two children play areas, grass areas for picnics and games. Rose garden and other flower beds. The public toilets including an access...
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Pick up our Guide from Defiant Sports Inclusion Hub

Our good friends at Defiant sports now have a supply of our Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People at their Inclusion Hub, Sovereign Harbour BN23 6JH (the old Blockbuster unit). So if you would like a hard copy they will be pleased to see you. Don't forget to check out their activities programme, there is something for all ages and abilities. Loretta and Defiant Sports team, thank you for your support. If you know a venue that would like to have a stock of our Guides please let us know. 0781 0317 185 or email info@eastbourneaccessgroup.org.uk
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Changing Places Awareness Day, 19 July 2020

We are pleased to have two Changing Places in Eastbourne, one on the Seafront by The Bandstand and the other in The Beacon shopping centre. The Access Group have been campaigning for years to get more installed and currently asking the council to install one in The Congress Theatre or Welcome Building and asking the Manager at Langney Shopping Centre to improve access all their toilets facilities with the new centre extention this is an excellent opportunity to install a changing places facility. The Access Group is really pleased to hear the government announcement today on Changing Place...
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Latest Disability Today article – Lockdown: welcome to my world

16 weeks into the Coronavirus lockdown there has been much reporting of negative effects on society but in the face of negativity there is a positive.  I am referring to the equalisation opportunity for disabled people compared to their non-disabled peer groups. Whereas non-disabled people have had their lives severely restricted by lockdown to try and limit the spread of Covid-19, this is how many disabled people’s lives are every day. Not going out is nothing new to a large number of disabled people. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals have been made available by streaming them free o...
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2020 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People hard copies available at Seafront Office

We are pleased to tell you the Tourist Information Seafront Office by the Bandstand, 6 Lower Parade, Grand Parade, BN21 3AD has a stock of our new 2020 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People so if you would like a hard copy you can pick one up from there. Alternatively Proctors Health Care shop 8-9 Station Parade, BN21 1BE also have a stock. They have our toilet leaflet if you want to know where the public toilets are within the town. You can also purchase a RADAR key for the accessible toilets. The TIC Seafront office can give you access details of the Changing Places toilet facility that is ...
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