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Worcester Partners come together to produce city-wide Access Guide

Worcester City Council, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and the University of Worcester have partnered with AccessAble to create Detailed Access Guides for over 500 venues across the city.

The Guides are 100% facts, figures and photographs and will give you loads of useful information to work out if somewhere is going to be accessible to you. They cover everything from parking to hearing loops, walking distances and accessible toilets.

The Guides can be used to explore the city including libraries, museums, leisure centres, parks and gardens, restaurants, shops and lots more.

Cllr Lynn Denham, Vice Chair of the Communities Committee at Worcester City Council said

“The City Council is fully committed to making Worcester an inclusive, safe and welcoming city, and we are proud to have supported AccessAble’s guide. This will be a really useful tool to help customers and visitors plan ahead, removing the fear of the unknown and enabling them to get the most out of their next visit to Worcester.” 

The information is also helpful for students, covering buildings and services across all three University campuses. There are 44 Detailed Accessibility Guides covering routes from Foregate Street Station and around University Mile, as well as key areas of the University such as the Hive Library, the University of Worcester Arena and the accommodation blocks.

Caryn Thorogood, Head of Student Services at the University of Worcester, said

“These Access Guides provide important information for our students, staff and visitors about all our campuses and key routes.  The new website and App will make the Guides even easier to find and use, and we are particularly delighted that Worcestershire Health and Care Trust and Worcester City Council are also now partners, making Worcester even more accessible.”

Worcester Health and Care NHS Trust, a trailblazer of the AccessAble NHS initiative, are the latest partner to come on board – with Access Guides covering 15 of their core sites, including Evesham Community Hospital, Worcester City Inpatient Unit and the Princess of Wales Community Hospital, Bromsgrove.

Michelle Clarke, Director of Nursing & Quality at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust said

“We’re delighted to be launching our new online access guides for many of our sites & buildings across Worcestershire, which will really help our patients, carers and other visitors.” 

Commenting on this inspiring city-wide partnership, Anna Nelson, Executive Director of AccessAble, said

“We are thrilled to be working with partners across Worcester to produce an inclusive guide to the City. It is fantastic that these organisations have come together to recognise the need for detailed accessibility information. Whether you are a resident, student or visitor we hope AccessAble Worcester will give you the detail you need to feel confident about getting out and about in the City.”

To take a look at Worcester’s Access Guides simply go to

https://www.accessable.co.uk/organisations/worcester-city

https://www.accessable.co.uk/organisations/university-of-worcester

https://www.accessable.co.uk/organisations/worcestershire-health-and-care-nhs-trust

The information on Worcester joins over 125,000 places already covered across the UK, making www.AccessAble.co.uk a great tool for planning a day out or trip away.

For more information about the project, please contact Dean Eales, Senior Partnerships Manager at AccessAble on 01438 842710 or email dean.eales@AccessAble.co.uk.

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