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What We Do

Daily we deal with emails and phone calls as they arrive. There are also some topics that need our longer-term attention.  Here are some that we have discussed at our recent meetings.

Our Ramps Project

  • After much planning, at the beginning of 2016 we provided four business premises in Perth Road, Dundee with portable ramps to make them wheelchair accessible. For photos click here. This project won us a trophy at the SDEF Access Panel Conference in 2016 for The Best Community Engagement Project and we are now keen to extend the project to other areas in Dundee. Recently we have spoken to business people in the Fintry area and we are working with their Community Council to raise funds to buy ramps for their local businesses.

Accessible Parking in Dundee

  • This is a subject that we discuss frequently. At our meeting in May 2017 we had Steve Emmonds, Parking Leader, Dundee City Council and Mandy Sivewright,Enforcement Operations Supervisor, ‎Dundee City Council join us to talk about the measures taken in Dundee to ensure that accessible parking bays are only used by blue badge holders. We are frequently in touch with Steve now with parking queries.
  • Many of our members took part in the Disabled Motoring UK’s Baywatch 2017 Survey which monitors the use of supermarkets’ accessible parking bays.

DisabledGo

  • The DisabledGo website provides invaluable information for visitors to Dundee in the form of an online access guide. At our first meeting in 2017 we were pleased to welcome Philip Holt, Partnerships Manager for DisabledGo. An access audit training day for DisabledGo was held in Dundee in March 2017, and was attended by some Dundee Access Group members.

 

The new V & A museum in Dundee

  • We take a keen interest in new developments in Dundee to ensure they are accessible to those with disabilities, and Dorothy Wilson, Senior Architect / Corporate Access Officer at Dundee City Council, attends all our meetings and ensures that our views are heard at all stages of the planning and construction of such developments. In December 2016, we were invited again to a social meeting organised by Dundee City Council where the main speaker was Peter Nurick, Communities Producer at the V&A. Peter gave a presentation on the new V&A, discussed the programmes and activities which were being arranged and provided an update on the disability issues that had been raised at a similar meeting the previous year.

The Regional Performance Centre for Sport

  • This is a new development which will be built in the Caird Park, and Dundee Council is keen that it should meet the needs of those with disabilities. We have studied the plans which have now been approved and building will start in January 2018.

Trains

  • Dundee waterfront is under extensive redevelopment and, as part of this, work is progressing on the new Dundee Station development. In September 2017 members of Dundee Access Group attended a meeting with Dundee City Council to be updated on its progress.
  • The Access and Inclusion Manager, Scotrail, regularly attends our meetings to give us updates from Scotrail and hear our views about rail matters in general.

Funerals

  • We are involved with a funeral project initiated by the Pensioners’ Forum who are concerned about the huge expense of a funeral today. A bid was made to the Scottish Government for money to set up a social enterprise whose remit was to give people advice to enable them to arrange a dignified funeral as cheaply as possible. This bid was approved in March 2017 and the project is progressing.

Pamiloo

  • PAMIS purchased a mobile changing places toilet, called Pamiloo in July 2017. This will be based in Dundee and will be available for events throughout Scotland. Dundee Access Group has contributed to its cost.

Shopmobility

  • In April 2017, we donated money to Shopmobility to enable them to purchase a new mobility scooter for people who were a bit too heavy to borrow one of their previous scooters.

The Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership

  • To keep us up-to-date with the health and social care provision being provided in the Dundee area, at our meeting in December 2016 our speaker was Avril Smith Hope, an Access Engagement Officer for Dundee’s Health and Social Care Partnership. We are keen to maintain links with Avril.

The Walkaway Pound

  • In 2015, it was estimated that 3.6 million people nationwide left restaurants and pubs because the businesses had poor disability awareness. In February 2017, we drafted a letter about the amount of money being lost by not providing adequately for people with disabilities, and Dundee Chamber of Commerce agreed to distribute it to local businesses.

Accessible Taxis

  • We are always concerned with there being taxis available in Dundee to suit everyone’s needs. At one of our meeting our speaker, Willie Lees from the GMB Union, talked to us about his belief that Dundee should have a fully wheelchair accessible fleet of taxis. Our Access Group was keen to ensure that saloon cars were also available for those unable to access a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Education

  • Dundee Access Group are always keen to make others aware of the needs of people with disabilities. In August Dorothy Wilson, accompanied by our Convenor Erik Cramb gave this Powerpoint presentation to Tayside Integrated Safety Association on Equalities in the Workplace.
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