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Access For All Working Party

Access For All Working Party

Aldenham Parish Council prioritises inclusion! 

We would love to hear from you.

Coinciding with the recent release of the Government’s National Disability Strategy, Aldenham Parish Council have drawn together a new working party appropriately named, ‘Access for All’. This working party is a first for the Parish Council where it comes to addressing the many aspects of our local environment, from high street walkways to parks and open spaces, which could and should be more accessible for people of all ages with any level of disability – visible and otherwise.

Aldenham Parish Council’s Access For All Working Party is committed to our community becoming a positive example of inclusion.

Starting in 2022, we want to identify all ways we can put inclusion at the heart of activity, environment and daily life. 

If you are disabled or have a medical condition, are a carer, have someone in your family living with the challenges of disability or age related issues such as dementia, or want to drive equality in our community for any reason – the Access For All Working Party would love to hear from you. 

Please contact Cllr Clare Diskin   

Cllr.Clare.Diskin@aldenham-pc.gov.uk

What We Have Achieved So Far?

Aldenham Parish Council’s ‘100 year celebration for Phillimore Recreation Ground’ in September 2021 provided the ideal opportunity for us to demonstrate progress. Not only was on site disabled parking provided, but there was also emphasis on adequate disabled toilets, sensitive spacing between stalls and activities, and even a special sensory zone provided by Mencap Hertsmere group, Noah’s Ark. In this special gazebo, people who need a quieter space were able to enjoy a little time out to sit down, undertake some simple craft-making and benefit from the kindness of Mencap volunteers who have vast experience of working with people with physical disabilities, sensory processing disorders, Autism and a range of neurodiverse conditions.

In November 2021, Access for All Working Party had an opportunity to progress further and have made the Winter Fair a more accessible event.

For those who needed access and support, the following were provided:

Fast track ticket access for those who find queuing challenging, a quiet space for those who may need time away from crowds or noise (please ask a member of staff at the box office for direction).

Disabled parking (BLUE BADGE HOLDERS ONLY) in the Red House Surgery car park.

The event indoors was fully accessible for wheelchair users.

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