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Manchester Disabled People's Access Group

Manchester Disabled People's Access Group

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We have carried out access surveys and access audits and provided training for a wide range of local, regional and national organisations, including the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Manchester City Council, Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Tameside Council, North West Development Agency, North West Tourist Board, Bramhall Hall, Victoria Baths, Phil Martin Centre in Moss Side, Manchester Careers Partnership, Chinese Arts Centre, Pankhurst Centre, Salford New Deal for Communities, Swinton Insurance, Co-operative Group, various NHS Trusts and Housing Trusts, Manchester Central Library, key routes within Manchester, Salford Central Station for Network Rail, Chorlton High School, Contact and Cornerhouse Theatres.

Between 2017 and 2019, we have assisted the Contact Theatre in their major development, the Manchester Jewish Museum with making their buildings more accessible and with their new extension and with their exhibition designs, the new Proud Trust’s LGBT building, Anxiety UK and the Manchester Museum with a review of their existing buildings, Gorton Medical Centre, Pegasus Riding for the Disabled Group and worked with community groups in Manchester. We have also worked closely with Transport for Greater Manchester on access issues at Victoria Station and are involved in ongoing consultations on cycle routes. We also carried out access surveys on potential polling stations for Manchester City Council. We have also provided training for various organisations including landscape designers and Manchester City Council staff and given presentations on inclusive design at conferences and events.

We have experience of audits and consultancy in general and specialist areas such as conservation areas, heritage buildings, offices, shops and supermarkets, polling stations, hotels, universities and colleges, student unions, community buildings, churches, synagogues and faith buildings and facilities, leisure centres, prisons, tourist venues and restaurants, visual and performing arts venues, bars and cafes, leisure centres, cinemas, banks, parks and countryside areas, highways and tunnels, outdoor events, taxi services, buses, and train stations, websites, and have recently provided detailed consultation responses on accessible housing, pedestrian, Metrolink and cycle routes, shared space, Piccadilly Gardens and housing for disabled people and older people and the draft GM Spatial Framework. We also contributed detailed responses to the BS 8300 consultations and the consultations on Building Regulations Part M as well as parliamentary consultations related to access policies and legislation. We played a key role in the planning appeal against the reduction in use of Library Walk and the inaccessible features around Manchester Town Hall and within and around the Central Library.

We regularly provide advice and guidance for many voluntary and community organisations, including infrastructure organisations, around Greater Manchester.

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Making Places Accessible Making Events Accessible Making Services Accessible Using the Social Model of Disability and best practice standards Contact
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