Some of our projects, past and present.
We regularly monitor and feedback to Norwich City Council on proposed pavement furniture licenses. Cafes, restraints and other dining establishments can often cause difficulty, obstruction and danger to people with disabilities by placing seating or dining areas in the footway or at other positions around our landscape. Inclusive Norwich aims to monitor and provide feedback to the council on such licenses.
Image description - Black bin bags of rubbish discarded on the pavement causing an obstruction that blocks the way.
Accessible Gym Sessions
During summer 2022 some of our intrepid members met at the Able2B gym for eight weeks of accessible gym sessions.
The sessions were fully accessible to all levels of disability and fully funded by the mental health charity National Survivor User Network. They ran on Wednesday 11.30 am until 12.30.
We hope to organise and run these sessions again in the future.
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Four people in front of a pale blue building with an Able2B logo on it, one of them in a wheelchair, all smiling but all looking as if they’ve worked out recently (they had !)
The logo Able2B logo features stick figures holding up the letters individually, which are brightly coloured
Inaccessible transport and transport infrastructure is a huge barrier to mobility for many people with disabilities. Inclusive Norwich strives to feedback to transport providers on access, staff training and infrastructure issues.
Image description - a long exposure night shot of a bus approaching a bus stop, with yellow and orange light trails indicating the bus is moving.
29th July 2023 saw the 15th anniversary of Pride in Norwich !
Earlier in the year we met with Norwich Pride to discuss how the event could be made inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. It was a hugely successful meeting, and we were pleased to find their existing access strategy pretty comprehensive. We were able to add advice regarding access for event goers and website visitors with sensory impairments, including advising them to add image descriptions to their website and social media posts, discussing the possibility of an audio described live stream of events on the day, and exploring offering a hearing induction loop on site for stage shows.
We followed up with a walk through of the march route and we able to offer insights from both wheelchair and visual impairment viewpoints.
We attended Norwich Pride on the day with a stall in the Community Hub at the Forum, Norwich, and had a fantastic time. It was amazing to meet with so many people, make new friends and new connections. Our trustees and volunteers really pulled out all the stops with their fabulous outfits - particularly one of our number who had his beard dyed purple specifically for the day ! Thank you again to the organisers of Norwich Pride for making us feel so welcome and to our trustees and volunteers for their hard work. We love you all !
Find out more about Norwich Pride here (this link will take you straight to their Accessibility page). https://norwichpride.org.uk/access/
As an Official Supporter of Norwich Pride, we pledge our business, organisation or group will be a safe, welcoming, and friendly place for LGBTQIA+ customers and staff.
We will visibly support and promote equality for LGBTQIA+ people, challenge homophobic and transphobic behaviour, and have clear reporting mechanisms for harassment and discrimination.
We will ensure our staff are trained to understand the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people and how to be a proactive ally.
Image shows Inclusive Norwich stall bedecked in purple and rainbow bunting, with a pop up display to the left of it detailing Inclusive Norwich details. Standing behind the stall table is Tania, a dark haired lady wearing a Proud Ally rainbow t shirt. From left to right along the front of the stall are Dave, wheelchair user, wearing a purple hoodie and red trousers, Paul in a rainbow cowboy hat, shorts and a pink shirt with his beard dyed purple, and Rachael, a blonde lady wearing a purple dress with a teal net petticoat beneath. Laying next to her on the floor is a big yellow guide dog, Ajay. They are all smiling but looking a little sleepy as it was early and the coffee hadn't yet taken effect !