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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 of us celebrating handing over our first ramp to Pacamara Coffee Shop click here.
  • To continue the project we have now purchased two 4 feet long ramps which can be borrowed from us. Here is our latest advertising:

Do you need to borrow a wheelchair ramp?



Dundee Access Group now has ramps that can be borrowed for the use of wheelchair users.  They are 4 feet (1.2m) long and are ideal for getting the user up a 4-inch (10cm) step. If you are in the Dundee area and would like to borrow one, call in to Shopmobility behind the Overgate Centre or phone 01382 228525.

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.


  • AccessAble was previously  known as DisabledGo. It’s website provides invaluable information for visitors to Dundee in the form of an online access guide. At our SepLink AA Circle Purpletember meeting in 2018 we were pleased to welcome Katie Dyton and Dean Eales who told us about the changes being made to the website to make it more user-friendly. A training day to assess the accessibility of premises in Dundee was held in October 2018.

The new V & A museum in Dundee

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  • 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. Having been involved in the planning of the new V&A  we were pleased when it opened on 16th September 2018.
  • Read accessibility reviews of the V & A for Euan’s Guide here.

The Regional Performance Centre for Sport

  • This is a new development which is being built in the Caird Park.  Dundee Access Group were consulted to ensure it meet the needs of those with disabilities.  To read about it click here.


  • Having been involved in the planning of the new Dundee Railway station we were pleased when it opened on 9th July 2018.
  • We regularly discuss rail transport matters and keep in touch with Andrew Marshall-Roberts, Scotrail’s Access and Inclusion Manager.


  • 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.


  • pamlooPAMIS 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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