This project is funded by the Community Foundation for Calderdale from the Flood Appeal Fund 2015-16


The Community Foundation for Calderdale and Hebden Bridge Partnership have come together for  this  new initiative, designed to help the local economy recover from the Boxing Day 2015 floods and to promote Hebden Bridge as an exemplary town for access for those with disabilities and access issues

Both the Community Foundation and the Partnership are conscious that one of the side-effects of current local flood resilience work could potentially be that shops, premises and public buildings become less accessible for those who have disabilities (floors are raised, steps put in, etc). Our aim with this new initiative is both to assist local people with disabilities, but also to make the town as attractive as possible to visitors and tourists who have particular access needs. We want to broaden the range of people who decide to visit the town

This project is focussed on helping local businesses and community organisations improve access to their premises.

The Community Foundation has agreed to fund an access audit of local business and community premises from the local specialist social enterprise Visits Unlimited, see which will be conducted this Autumn by Chris Cammiss. Chris, who is a wheelchair user, will be focusing on accessibility in its broadest sense, not just mobility issues. Chris will be pragmatic, looking wherever possible for low-cost solutions to current access difficulties.

Following the audit there will be funding support from the Community Foundation for Calderdale to help local business and community organisations to act on the recommendations of the audit.

The First stage is to complete an Expression of Interest Form, which is downloadable from HERE. You can also pick one up from The Watermark Shop next to Hebden Bridge Cinema and the Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

The Project process is:

  1. The expression of Interest form is completed by local businesses or community organisations and emailed to Chris Cammis   or dropped off at the Watermark Shop in Hebden Bridge, (open Wednesday thru to Saturday 10am to 3pm until end of November 2016)  or  can be posted to  Visits Unlimited 15 Savile Park Gardens, HALIFAX, Yorkshire, HX1 2XL.
  1. Chris will contact those who complete the form to arrange a date for the audit
  1. Audit completed and recommendations sent to the Community Foundation for Calderdale by Visits Unlimited  and the venue/business
  1. The Community Foundation for Calderdale will contact the Business/organisation with regard to funding some or all of the recommendations

Visits Unlimited is able to provide a free Disability Awareness course to local businesses and organisations.

Please contact Katie Clarke at Visits Unlimited if you are interested

Contact Rob Billson at Community Foundation for Calderdale if you have any queries 01422 438740