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Rathfern Social Activity Centre

43 Knochenagh Avenue, Newtownabbey, BT36 6BE

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include main hall, dance studio, training room and board room.

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:00 - 21:00.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 21:00.
  • Friday 09:00 - 21:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 21:00.
  • Sunday 09:00 - 21:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Whiteabbey.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Whiteabbey.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • The car park is at the front of the venue.
  • There are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The car park type is a strip at the side of the road.
  • Assistance may be required because there is / are level changes with no dropped kerbs.
  • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • There is not a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
  • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 98cm (3ft) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are single width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The door opening is 87cm (2ft) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the pavement leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the far left hand side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 100cm (3ft) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance leads directly into the main hall, and is mainly used by the nursery group.
    • The entrance is kept locked, and there is a bell, 155cm high, to gain access.

Level Change (Side Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Reception

  • The reception desk is 4m (4yd 14in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Lighting levels are varied.
  • Customers cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The photographs show the dance studio and the training room.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 14m (15yd 12in) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located on the right, past reception and the changing rooms.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 166cm x 163cm (5ft x 5ft).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 97cm (3ft).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is tied up and out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are not mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (18in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The towel dispenser is 113cm (3ft) high.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3").
    • The toilet roll holder is 115cm (3ft) high.
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5").
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • Baby Change Facilities
    • The baby change facilities are located in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 92cm (3ft ).

Standard Toilet(s)

Standard Changing Room

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing room is 10m (10yd 3ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 6m (6yd 22in) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room is 6m (6yd 22in) from the main hall.
  • The standard changing rooms are located to the right, just past reception.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.
  • Comments View
    • The changing rooms contain flip down seats, 47cm high.
    • They do not contain showers.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.