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£1m for Access Fylde Coast project to improve the experience of people living with disabilities

Access Fylde Coast is a new £985,222 programme to help hotels, tourist attractions, retailers and event organisers take full advantage of an anticipated new spend of £15m over the next 3 years

Both exciting and unique, this project will play a major part in addressing negative experiences across Blackpool Fylde and Wyre for residents and tourists with health or disability conditions. Disability First wants this project to deliver a change of preconceptions of disability, enhance business customer care and its facilities, use digital applications to support independence and also showcase high profile disabled performers at major events, including the Blackpool Illumination Switch On and Lytham Festival.

Alan Reid the CEO of Disability First said “We were thrilled and very proud to be awarded this grant especially in our 25th year as a charity, Access Fylde Coast will be a game changer” Improvements have been made over the years with accessible toilets and ramps which assist people with physical conditions but this project is going far wider and will also include the needs of sensory, mental health and learning conditions. The Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Disability Partnership have been heavily involved in terms of both the consultation body as well as having specialist knowledge on the needs of a wide range of disabilities.

You can become involved by coming along to:

FREE sessions to find out how to welcome people who have a disability

FREE assessments of your premises to ensure they are disabled access friendly

FREE support by a host of volunteers who can help prepare

FREE search for grants to improve your business

....and much more

Come to their next session

Thursday 25th April, 1.30 - 4.00pm

Disability First, 259 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9JL

To book on call 07938 502 024

To make sure you are included and taking advantage of the untapped spending power of the new ‘Purple Pound’ simply call Gill Moss on 07938 502051 or email gillianmoss@disabilityfirst.org.uk

For more details please see disabilityfirst.org