Disabled Access Day at Mires Beck
Disabled Access Day is a day to highlight great access in places (such as sensory experiences, touch tours, wheelchair access).
Disabled access day was created in 2015 to "celebrate good access and created opportunities for people to try something new" - Disabled Access Day website. It was founded by wanting to make access easier for physically disabled people to try something new.
Paul Ralph (the founder) created this national day because he was struggling to get onto the bus with his powerchair. He describes this day as a day to create opportunities for physically disabled people where they can go to an event with a warm welcome and a chance to try something new.
At Mires Beck Nursery, we always give our service users and trainees a warm welcome when they come to the nursery. At our entrance to our main 'Oasis' building, we have 2 ramps for wheelchair access.
We have recently received funding through 2 Ridings Funding to install a disabled pathway around the nursery for ease of manoveuring our wheelchair-bound service users to various places of work. This is vitally important to integrate those service users who would otherwise be isolated within a limited access work area. This will ease the strain on staff who are required to help push wheelchairs across gravel pathways. We will commence this work in October 2021, hoping to complete this installation in October 2021.
This year for Disabled Access Day, we are setting a sponsorship challenge to our Care Supervisor and one of her wheelchair bound service users to a sponsored walk around the Anniversary Garden. This is to fundraise for grassland grid to make access to our woodland easier across the field for her service users to enjoy our woodland even more!