Please watch the video below to learn about the Accessible Hebden Project.
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MAKING HEBDEN BRIDGE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL PROJECT.
This project was funded by the Community Foundation for Calderdale from the Flood Appeal Fund 2015-16
MAKING HEBDEN BRIDGE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL
The Community Foundation for Calderdale and Hebden Bridge Partnership came 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 were 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 was 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 wanted to broaden the range of people who decide to visit the town
This project was focused on helping local businesses and community organisations improve access to their premises.
The Community Foundation agreed to fund an access audit of local business and community premises from the local specialist social enterprise Visits Unlimited, which were conducted by Chris Cammiss. Chris, who is a wheelchair user, was focusing on accessibility in its broadest sense, not just mobility issues. Chris was pragmatic, looking wherever possible for low-cost solutions to access difficulties.