Fair4All Events

On Friday 5 December 2014, Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) and its collaborative partners launched Fair4All Events, a new ‘Paralympic Legacy’ project designed to help open up local outdoor events to disabled people.

BuDS knows that most outdoor events in Buckinghamshire, from country shows to music concerts to Christmas markets, are not properly accessible to most disabled people. Disabled people are being shut out from most outdoor events in Buckinghamshire, and that’s not acceptable, especially here in the home of the Paralympics. Given that one fifth of the population of Bucks has a disability of some sort, that means a huge number of people are deprived of a normal everyday experience – and it’s a huge income loss for event organisers too. Fair4All Events aims to change this and open up local outdoor events to all.

Fair4All Events has three parts:

1. Fair4All Event Resources – a package of practical equipment and items which can be loaned to event organisers to make their events properly accessible. This equipment, which will be built up throughout 2015/6, will eventually include bespoke ramps, platforms, signs and even a portable ‘breakout room’ for people with autism or mental health issues. The expert BuDS event volunteer team will also be offered. Fair4All Event Resources will be run in collaboration with the Buckinghamshire University Technical College (Bucks UTC), whose students and expert staff will design, construct and install most of the equipment, gaining vital working experience in the process. To ask about borrowing items, e-mail office@buds.bseen.co.

2. Fair4All Event Database – a new online database, designed by BuDS from its own expertise, of all Buckinghamshire events with, for the first time, detailed information about how accessible the event is for people with different types of impairment or disability. The Fair4All Event Database was set up by a student at Waddesdon School, Christopher Hobbs and will be completed by students from Wycombe High School, giving them valuable real-world work experience. BuDS aims that the database as it builds will be used by popular local sources like Tourist Information Centres, Bucks Family Information Service and the VisitBucks website.

3. Fair4All Event Score – a new scoring system for public events which, for the first time, will give local disabled people a clear simple way to see which events they can go to and enjoy. It will also give event organisers a simple and free way to analyse and rate access at their own events. The system is currently being developed by BuDS in collaboration with an international IT company – more details to be announced in due course.

Fair4All Events is the second project launched by BuDS under the Fair4All brand. The first, Fair4All Taxis & Minicabs, was launched on 4 September 2014 in Aylesbury by the Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper MP, and aims to ensure that disabled people get fair and quality service when using taxis and minicabs in Buckinghamshire. Other Fair4All projects are being planned now.

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