News

This page will provide you with all the latest information on everything that is happening at Accessible Wales. We will also keep you up-to-date on anything we think you should know regarding disability.


 

Naidex Here We Come

Naidex Here We Come
Principal Consultant Richard Jones getting ready for Naidex 2017

Principal Consultant Richard Jones getting ready for Naidex 2017

Today I will be attending the Naidex exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham. The NEC was opened in 1976 by the Queen and since then has grown to become the number one venue of choice for organisers,  exhibitors and visitors with 20 exhibition halls.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates throughout the day on our social media pages. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thanks for reading

Richard Jones

Principal Consultant

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Accessible Wales’ new clients are Minty Fresh!

Accessible Wales’ new clients are Minty Fresh!
Gentle Dental Practice in Aberdare with Dr Parul Sood and Principal Consultant Richard Jones

Gentle Dental Practice in Aberdare with Dr Parul Sood and Principal Consultant Richard Jones

We are pleased to announce that we are working with Gentle Dental Practice and Maendy Place Dental Practice to improve their accessibility.

These RCT-based dental practices approached us as part of an access improvement scheme through Cwm Taf University Health Board.

Dental practices often face challenges when trying to provide the most accessible service to patients. These challenges include levels and layouts of older buildings including difficult front access and challenging toilet facilities.

Maendy Dental Practice with Practice Practice Manager Deborah James with Principal Consultant Richard Jones

Maendy Dental Practice with Practice Practice Manager Deborah James with Principal Consultant Richard Jones

Accessible Wales is working with both practices to highlight access issues and improve them, resulting in the best possible access standard for patients with a range of disabilities

If you work for a dental practice in the Cwm Taf University Health Board area and would like to take advantage of the grant funding available, contact Alison Green.

If you would like more information on the access improvement services we offer then please visit our Access Services page.

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Training Staff from the Wales Mobility Driving and Assessment Service

Training Staff from the Wales Mobility Driving and Assessment Service

Training Staff from the Wales Mobility Driving and Assessment Service

We are pleased to have trained staff at the Wales Mobility Driving and Assessment Service in Rookwood Hospital Cardiff.  The service is a registered charity and receives a grant from the Welsh Assembly, this funding meets the Services core running costs; therefore all capital related costs are generated from fees charged for the provision of services.

Staff of the Wales Mobility Driving and Assessment Service with Principal Consultant Richard Jones

Staff of the Wales Mobility Driving and Assessment Service with Principal Consultant Richard Jones

Eleven staff members were trained our training course, we will upload feedback soon when we refresh our training section of our website.

Staff members were very intune to the potential challenges faced by those using their service who had a disability.  As a group they were excellently informed, working towards the Social Model of disability to empower people with disabilities.

Driving simulator used to assess people with disabilities

Driving simulator used to assess people with disabilities

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the simulator that is used to assess people with disabilities who want to drive.

Accessible Wales would like to thank those who attended the course for their involvement and we look forward to working with them in the future on projects through Accessible News .

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We’re Here To Stay

We’re Here To Stay
Outside our office in Robertstown

Outside our office in Robertstown

I’m pleased to say that we’ve signed a new lease for our office “Accessibility Suite” in Robertstown and will be here for another three years.  I’d like to thank our Landlords Centaur & Barclay Property Group for accommodating us.  We can confirm that the lip on our front door will be removed and accessible car parking installed.

Here’s to another three years

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Training Comes Home

Training Comes Home
Accessible Wales Training Venue

Accessible Wales Training Venue

Yesterday, Accessible Wales was pleased to carry out our Disability Awareness Training Course back in our old home, The Cynon Valley Museum.

Hands on activity walking around the museum

Hands on activity walking around the museum

Delegates on the course included staff from Rhondda Cynon Taff, Forest View Medical Centre and Rhos House Surgery.  The course was our three hour course which covered topics such as:

  • Introduction to Disability
  • Customer Service Scenarios
  • Appropriate Language and Signage

Our training courses are awareness based and can be full or half day.  They are practical, and allow delegates to explore issues that their clients/customers may encounter when accessing their services/products.

At Accessible Wales we pride ourselves in ensuring that all our delegates leave our training with a raised level of awareness to ensure that they are able to offer the best possible service to those they serve.

Richard Jones with Charlotte Morgan from the Cynon Valley Museum

Richard Jones with Charlotte Morgan from the Cynon Valley Museum

Principal Consultant Richard Jones can be seen pictured above with Charlotte Morgan, Development Manager for the Cynon Valley Museum.  Since opening in 2007 we have carried out a multitude of training sessions in the museum and are proud that we can rekindle our relationship.  A trust has taken over the running of the Museum and Accessible Wales will be working hand in hand with them to improve the access and help them grow, helping to make the museum a hub for the community.

Richard Jones with course delgates and volunteer Lindsey Williams

Richard Jones with course delgates and volunteer Lindsey Williams

For more information on the training we offer visit our Disability Awareness Training Page.  We will be adding more feedback from our recent courses but for now you can read many comments on our Testimonials Page.

All our training is customisable and can be offered in full day or half day format, we run regular training courses at a central venue, or we can come to you, if you have more than five staff members we can come to you.

Keep your eyes peeled for the launch of our Anti-Bullying training course for children, for more information email info@accessiblewales.co.uk.

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Disability Awareness Training, 10th November 2016

Disability Awareness Training, 10th November 2016

Disability Awareness Training, 10th November 2016

Staff from The Caerau Lane Surgery, Ely and Old School Surgery Pontyclun on our most recent course

Staff from The Caerau Lane Surgery, Ely and Old School Surgery Pontyclun on our most recent course

We have training scheduled for Thursday 10th November 2016 in the Cynon Valley Museum.  Training starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm and is £30 per person, for more information click hereicon_pdf.

Training with staff from Monmouthshire Town Council

Training with staff from Monmouthshire Town Council

We’ve trained scores of people since we began training in 2008, you can find some of our testimonials by clicking here, we’ll be adding more soon.  Thee contents of the course content will contain:

  • An Introduction To Disability
  • Customer Service Scenarios
  • Language and Signage
Delegates from a Disability Awareness Training Course in 2015

Delegates from a Disability Awareness Training Course in 2015

Led by company owner and Principal Consultant these courses are light hearted and informative.  The courses are informal and aim to help delegates understand disability on a practical day-to-day basis.  Principal Consultant Richard Jones says:

The training courses we carry out gives our clients a good base of knowledge, delegates can – explore disability and how it impacts on their day-to-day professional and personal life.  Often disability can be a difficult subject to talk about, this course is light hearted and relaxed allowing delegates to explore any concerns, queries or questions they may have about disability.

Staff from Karl's Kabs and Town's Taxis attending a Disability Awareness training course in 2014

Staff from Karl’s Kabs and Town’s Taxis attending a Disability Awareness training course in 2014

Even if you’ve attended similar courses before, this course is one that you should have under your belt to help you with your professional and personal development.  Whether you’re a taxi driver, or a school teacher this course will benefit you!

Disability Awareness Training Thursday 10th November 2016

Disability Awareness Training Thursday 10th November 2016

This course has thirteen places available on it, if you would like us to come to your staff we can… let us know!  All our training is bespoke, if you would like to know more about our training, visit the training page… or better still give us a call on 01685 810432.  You can also download our training flyer here.icon_pdf

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Hot Off The Press

Hot Off The Press

Accessible Wales quarterly newsletter is out now!  We will produce a quarterly newsletter which will be available online and emailed to clients and interested organisations/groups etc. 

If you would like to download a copy click here, if you would like to be added to a list of subscribers feel free to email usicon_mailto. The main story in this month’s newsletter is heralding the accessible features that Swansea museum has to offer.

Swansea Museum has been access audited by Accessible Wales

Swansea Museum has been access audited by Accessible Wales

The newsletter will be bringing you access and awareness tips, news about our clients and also news on what we have got going on, it’s all free too, what more can you ask for?

To download a copy of our newsletter click hereicon_pdf.

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Making Play Areas Accessible

Making Play Areas Accessible
Mia Thorne with Vikki Howells AM and friends at the Play Area Launch

Mia Thorne with Vikki Howells AM and friends at the Play Area Launch

As a disability consultancy company we aim to enhance accessibility around Wales and Wednesday saw us mark the launch of a new accessible play area in Cilfynydd.

Mia officially opening the park

Mia officially opening the park

The inaccessibility of the play area was brought to our attention by Mia Thorne, an inspirational young lady who has a desire to help highlight the inaccessibility that people with disabilities face.  Mia wants to make play areas, housing and education accessible for people with varying disabilities.

Mia and friends with Vikki Howells, Cllr Barrie Morgan, Cllr Ann Crimmings and myself (Richard Jones)

Mia and friends with Vikki Howells, Cllr Barrie Morgan, Cllr Ann Crimmings and myself (Richard Jones)

I am really pleased with the end result of this play area; it’s excellent and very accessible.  This project highlights the importance of joint working, it is a collaboration between ourselves, Mia, officers from Rhondda Cynon Taff council, Vikki Howells AM and councillors Barrie Morgan and Ann Crimmings.

In this day and age it is vitally important to strive towards an inclusive society and people with disabilities are able to use the park with comfort and ease.  With such a positive example of what can be done to help empower people with disabilities we should be encouraging people to use these facilities and not abuse them.  It is important to ensure that these play areas are cared for, Councillor Barrie Morgan says the following:

“If we are investing in our community it is important for the community to invest too.”

I would like to congratulate Rhondda Cynon Taff council on taking accessibility seriously and ensuring that children with disabilities can play too.

Mia and friends on the slide with Vikki Howells, Cllr Barrie Morgan, Cllr Ann Crimmings and myself (Richard Jones)

Mia and friends on the slide with Vikki Howells, Cllr Barrie Morgan, Cllr Ann Crimmings and myself (Richard Jones)

 

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Two Access Reviews Completed

Two Access Reviews Completed

Two Access Reviews Completed

Public Health Wales and Aberdare Community School reviews before presentation

Public Health Wales and Aberdare Community School reviews before presentation

Last week Accessible Wales handed in two Access Reviews, one for Rhondda Cynon Taff on Aberdare Community School and the second for Public Health Wales on their new offices in Capital Quarter 2, Cardiff.

These two jobs represent the two opposite ends of the work we carry out as part of our Access Consultancy Service.

Aberdare Community School

Aberdare Community School

Firstly was a review of the new Community School, a school designed to be fully accessible.  This building was already open and our review involved looking at access from a pupil’s perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

Public Health Wales new office

Public Health Wales new office

The second piece of work was reviewing the access to a new building.  Previous clients Public Health Wales were moving offices into a new building and commissioned us to look at the accessibility before any of the furniture was put in place.  This is always good practice as it can save on alterations once the building is finished.  While these are not always costly they can have an impact on the way a building is used.

Both pieces of work were a pleasure to undertake, both buildings have the potential to be beacons in relation to access.

If you would like to know more about the accessibility of your building please get in touch.  All our access services can be tailored to any building, whether it’s a one room shop, hospital, listed building or six story new building we cater for all.

Some of the varied clients who have benefited from our access consultancy service

Some of the varied clients who have benefited from our access consultancy service

For more information visit our Access Consultancy page, or contact us.

Or just call us nowoffice-telephone-number

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