A new initiative by the Town Council and Accessible Gloucestershire is making Stroud accessible for all.
It began a year ago when the Town Council started a campaign to improve access at Stroud Railway Station.
Disability Access Auditor Christian Drewitt carried out a review of the station looking at the access issues and how to make the area more suitable for people with disabilities.
Christian was then asked to review the access on 20 further public buildings in Stroud, identify existing good practice and make suggestions where often small changes can be made to improve experience.
Now the Town Council and Accessible Gloucestershire both have a useful bank of information to support people with disabilities.
The audits feature comments to support people: in a wheelchair, with limited mobility, people of a smaller stature, with visual impairments and with hearing loss. It runs in conjunction with the Stroud Rotary Club Let’s Hear project.
The work is also helping to inform organisations such as the Subscription Rooms Trust and others about how to improve accessibility as part of any building renovations.
The Town Council is now offering support for private sector organisations located in the parish to undertake an accessibility audit with Accessible Gloucestershire.
The Town Council will offer 50% of the cost of the audit per building for any businesses or 100% for not-for-profit organisations not covered in the first phase of the project.
It is hoped that shops, restaurants, hotels or larger employers will take advantage of the offer.
To participate please email Kim Cowan with a brief description of your business and contact details.
There are limited funds available but the Town Council hopes that at the end of the project it will be possible to identify common areas for improvement or training needs which could be followed up in the future.
Reviews of venues further afield can be viewed on the Accessible Gloucestershire site.