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Focus Birmingham - Elizabeth Gunn Centre

48-62 Woodville Road, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9AT

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • Focus Birmingham supports people with visual impairments and other disabilities, together with their carers, by providing services that reflect their wants and needs.
    • The Elizabeth Gunn Centre has 3 sections; EGC1, EGC2 and EGC3.
    • EGC2 is offices.
    • There is a link corridor between EGC1/EGC2 and EGC 3.
    • EGC3 can also be accessed via the Focus Birmingham Main Reception and Resource Centre building.

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:00 - 16:30.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 16:30.
  • Friday 09:00 - 16:30.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

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

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park is at the front of the venue.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There are 1 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 280cm x 540cm (9ft 2in x 17ft 9in).
  • The nearest designated bay is 28m (30yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
  • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
  • The car park surface is loose chippings.
  • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

Outside Access (Link Entrances)

  • This information is for the entrance located at either side of the link corridor.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 148cm (4ft 10in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • There are identical entrance at opposite sides of the link corridor between EGC 1/2 and EGC 3.

Level Change (Link Entrances)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the paved surface in front of either entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Reception (EGC1)

  • The reception desk is 4m (13ft 1in) from the link entrances.
  • 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 not level access to the service.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Level Change (Link Corridor)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located Between EGC 1/2 and EGC 3.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting level is medium.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in EGC 1.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is 33m (36yd) from link entrances.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 108cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do not have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Accessible Changing Room (EGC 1 - Ground Floor)

  • There is not a Changing Places facility available.
  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located in EGC1.
  • The accessible changing room is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the link entrances.
  • The accessible changing room is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 300cm x 240cm (9ft 10in x 7ft 10in).
  • The facilities available in the accessible changing room are a changing table and a manual hoist.
  • There is level access to the changing room.

Accessible Changing Room (EGC1 - First Floor)

  • There is not a Changing Places facility available.
  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located on the first floor of EGC 1.
  • The accessible changing room is 20m (22yd) from the lift.
  • The accessible changing room is 45m (49yd) from the reception desk.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 380cm x 380cm (12ft 6in x 12ft 6in).
  • The facilities available in the accessible changing room are a changing table and a manual hoist.
  • There is level access to the changing room.

Accessible Changing Room (EGC 3)

  • There is not a Changing Places facility available.
  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located in the EGC 3 lounge.
  • The accessible changing room is 14m (15yd 11in) from the link entrances.
  • The accessible changing room is 19m (20yd 2ft) from the reception desk.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 355cm x 310cm (11ft 8in x 10ft 2in).
  • The facilities available in the accessible changing room are a wheel in shower, a changing table, and a manual hoist.
  • There is level access to the changing room.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located in the changing facility.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 47cm (1ft 7in).
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet (EGC 1)

  • 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.
    • The accessible toilet is 35m (38yd) from the link entrances.
    • The accessible toilet is located in a cubicle in the female standard toilet.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is not a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 130cm x 164cm (4ft 3in x 5ft 5in).
    • 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 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • 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.
    • No emergency alarm fitted in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are 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 the left.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The sink is 84cm (2ft 9in) high.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Toilet (EGC 3)

  • 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 and tactile signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 12m (13yd) from the link entrances.
    • The accessible toilet is located in EGC 3.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 182cm x 195cm (5ft 12in x 6ft 5in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not 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 (0ft 4in) from floor).
    • Disposal facilities are 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 the right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The sink is 81cm (2ft 8in) high.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • 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 fair.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

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.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Home visits / services are available.