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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.


 

Alun Evans, a true friend

Alun Evans, a true friend
Alun Evans, Roy Noble and Wynne Williams (Cymru Healthcare) with myself at the Launch of Accessible Wales

Alun Evans, Roy Noble and Wynne Williams (Cymru Healthcare) with myself at the Launch of Accessible Wales

Friday 8th January 2016 marked the loss of one of one of Accessible Wales close friends and a personal friend of mine, Mr Alun Evans, or “Alun The Glan” as he was known to his friends.

Alun was a big supporter of Accessible Wales and someone, who for many years, I was lucky enough to call a close friend.  He was instrumental in the early development of the company and hosted our launch at The Glancynon in September 2007 and the launch of Accessible News in 2008.

The launch marked the start of a long journey for Accessible Wales and one that saw us working with clients such as Celtic Manor, Leekes, the BBC, Penderyn Distillery and many, many more, some of which were recommended to us by Alun.

Alun always believed in the importance of access and the importance of providing opportunities for people with disabilities. Accessible Wales launch was filmed by the BBC, when asked why he felt access was important he said:

“My father was a wheelchair user and the number of places I could take him was limited.

“This is why I felt it was important to create a facility which was accessible to people with and without disabilities.”

Providing business support with a pint Alun was someone who I relied upon in the early years for advice on many issues from sales and marketing to business development. Under his helm and with the guidance of myself and my team The Glancynon Inn turned in to Accessible Wales flagship for access for people with disabilities, a project that started with renovating the car park and finished with an accessible toilet and Braille menus.

When I first met Alun he had never had any dealing with facebook or twitter and didn’t have a website. I’ve heard the saying “an analogue clock in a digital age” – this wasn’t the case, he had his finger on the pulse when it came to most things, with a gentle nudge and a bit of persuasion The Glancynon’s digital era began, with a website, facebook and twitter. We worked on developing the website, striving to ensure it was accessible to people with disabilities and had as much information on it as possible. Alun also wanted his patrons to get involved with The Glancynon and the facebook and twitter took off, sharing photographs and information about upcoming events.

Alun was a big advocate of charity fundraising and helped us in many of the events our non-profit group Accessible News organised, he also supported various charities including fundraising walks in aid of Tŷ Hafan.

Alun Evans and I at the launch of Accessible Wales

Alun Evans and I at the launch of Accessible Wales

Alun once said to me that it is better to reward people for good access than punish people for bad access. This is an ethos I am going to adopt when reorganising my Access Consultancy Service over the next few weeks.

Alun’s passing will be felt by all those connected to Accessible Wales, there are no words to convey the amount he helped and supported Accessible Wales. My thoughts go out to Ffion, Dewi and the rest of Alun’s family, he was a true gentleman and someone who was a great friend and inspiration to me.

Thank you for your time,

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Richard Jones

Principal Consultant

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Disability Awareness Training – January and February 2016

3 Disability Awareness Training Courses at times to suit you

3 Disability Awareness Training Courses at times to suit you

It’s January and the weather is damp and dark, is your company/organisation struggling too? Maybe we can help, we are running three disability awareness training courses in January and February at times to suit most people.

We have 8 places available, £30 per person on the following courses:

  • Monday 18th January 10am – 1pm
  • Friday 29th January 2pm – 5pm
  • Thursday 4th February 5pm-8pm

For £30 delegates will be trained by myself, an experienced Disability Awareness trainer with firsthand experience in disability issues on a personal and professional level.

The courses are fun, friendly and informative, all delegates receive a certificate of attendance and can apply any knowledge acquired on a daily basis in both their personal and professional life.

This course is open to staff members, volunteers and management of organisations and businesses as well as, for the first time, members of the public. It is an ideal opportunity to enhance CV’s and improve career prospects as well as customer client service.

For more information please email rjones@accessiblewales.co.uk – you can’t afford to miss this opportunity.  Please remember we can also offer training at your venue, or a venue of your choice at a time that suits yourself.

For more information on these courses you can download our flyer here icon_pdf

See some pictures of our successful training courses below:

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An Opportunity You Can’t Afford To Miss

An Opportunity You Can’t Afford To Miss

Are you looking to enhance your CV? Accessible Wales is running three courses in 2016 at times to suit you. For £30 per person we are offering small intimate informal Disability Awareness Training Courses which we guarantee will help enhance your CV and broaden your knowledge.

3 Disability Awareness Training Courses at times to suit you

Feedback from some of our previous courses

Excellent delivery, fun and interesting

Newport Housing Trust

I would be interested in future course, because had an eye opener attending this

GWALIA Residential Society

An interesting course which raised my awareness of difficulties disabled people face daily. Some ideas we can introduce in the nursery

Celtic Manor

‘Thoroughly enjoyed and learnt about issues that i would never have thought of’

‘’Very clear and easy to understand’

‘Not to long so i was interested in what was being said’

Ysgol Ty Coch

For more information please give us a ring on 01685 810432 or email info@accessiblewales.co.uk

BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

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Disability Awareness Training – Wednesday 27th May 2015

Disability Awareness Training – Wednesday 27th May 2015

Following the success of April’s Disability Awareness Course we have scheduled another training course, only this time it’s in our own office as part of our new informal training suite called “Accessible Suite”.

Wednesday 27th May 2015, Accessible Suite, Robertstown House (see Contact Page for details) £30 per person 10:30 – 13:30

Delegates from April's Disability Awareness Training Course

Delegates from April’s Disability Awareness Training Course

Accessible Wales is pleased to announce that we are hosting the very first Disability Awareness Training courses in our newly laid out accessible training suite.  Our course is on Wednesday 27th May 2015 and is an ideal time for people who have work in the afternoon or taxi drivers who have school runs.

Accessible Wales feel that that your staff, volunteers, partners or maybe even clients would benefit from attending the course.

Our Disability Awareness course aims to help boost the working practices of those who attend, making them more aware of the needs of people with varying disabilities – in turn providing a better service for your organisation.

The course will times are 10:30 – 13:30, it is £30 per person and there are six places available, as prevously said we are holding it in our office in Robertstown, for directions visit our contact page.

Those attending will be trained in a subject which is on times, heavy and more often than not overlooked.  The host of this session will be Richard Jones, founder and Principal Consultant of Accessible Wales, sessions are informal, highly informative, very affective and at times, highly amusing!

Limited places are available, book now to avoid disappointment – not sure about booking, give us a call for a chat or email us on info@accessiblewales.co.uk! You can find out what other delegates thought about the training by visiting our Training Consultancy page and reading some of the feedback left.

If you have staff that you would like trained at your premises, that’s fine, we can do that to!

Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you soon!  For more information on this course, click here to download a flyer.

For more information on the training services we offer visit our Training Services PageRemember we can train at your venue

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Disability Awareness Training – 15th April 2015

Disability Awareness Training – 15th April 2015

Wednesday 15th April 2015 at Cwmaman Institute £30 per person 10:00 and 13:30 start

Accessible Wales is pleased to announce that we are hosting two Disability Awareness Training courses Wednesday 25th April 2015.  Why are we telling you that – easy, we feel that that your staff, volunteers, partners or maybe even clients would benefit from attending the course.

Our Disability Awareness course aims to help boost the working practices of those who attend, making them more aware of the needs of people with varying disabilities – in turn providing a better service for your organisation.

Each course is 3 hours course, we have two available, both are Wednesday 15th April 2015 10:00 – 13:00 and 13:30 – 16:30.  The course costs £30 per person and is being held at Cwmaman Institute, for that those attending will be trained in a subject which is on times, heavy and more often than not overlooked.  Each session is hosted by Richard Jones, founder and Principal Consultant of Accessible Wales, sessions are informal, highly informative, very affective and at times, highly amusing!

Limited places are available, book now to avoid disappointment – not sure about booking, give us a call for a chat or email us on info@accessiblewales.co.uk!  If you have staff that you would like trained at your premises, that’s fine, we can do that to!

Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you soon!  For more information on this course, click here to download a flyer.

For more information on the training services we offer visit our Training Services PageRemember we can train at your venue

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