BuDS was delighted to be working with Aylesbury Vale District Council to help make Play in the Park 2015 more accessible to disabled and older people.
Play in the Park was a free public event held in Vale Park, Aylesbury on Wednesday 5th August from 11.00am – 4.00pm. The event featured many children’s activities (some free) including inflatables, games, sports and refreshments – over 3000 people attended!
BuDS was delighted to see that many disabled people – adults and children – were able to come to Play in the Park and enjoy themselves just like everyone else. Only one disabled person of the hundreds who attended reported an access problem – and that was quickly resolved. This success shows that with good planning and goodwill, public events can be made much more accessible for disabled people without a high cost.
Through its Fair4All Events project, BuDS supported the event organisers by:
- Providing free briefing and training for stallholders and activity providers
- Bringing along our famous event volunteer team to support disabled people
- Advising event organisers about accessibility on the site
- Providing a quieter breakout room staffed by trained volunteers for autistic adults and children
- Making sure there was plenty of Blue Badge parking and staffing the additional Blue Badge parking area to prevent abuse
- Signposting an accessible route to the event from the town centre, avoiding steep slopes
- Ensuring that an accessible WC was available on site