A Digital Reference!
Meaning that wherever you are, we can be accessed for information on venues.
We take the time to look into venues that you are likely to visit. So there will be less time needed in your search.
By suggesting issues that people with accessibility issues may encounter, we save you the frustration.
We are also here to listen to YOUR experiences for us to use in the future and help find more accessible venues.
Our mission is to enable access to public places for ALL people with any form of disability. Our experience has disabled members of society has shown that many simple everyday tasks relating to travel and getting out and about are so much easier for the able-bodied than those with disabilities. We want to change this and make it the same for everyone.
We recently made a reservation at a restaurant by telephone asking if it was accessible and had an accessible toilet, these points were confirmed, the one caveat being that there was a small step from the pavement into the restaurant. When we visited the restaurant, the small step turned out to be between 20-25cm due to a significant gradient on the pavement. My wheelchair which is capable of climbing a curb, aka “small step”, could not possibly get me into this restaurant. If the height of the step was defined and clear, then this would never have occurred. We ended up visiting another restaurant.
Booking of a hotel room
Visiting most travel agents websites, it is not possible to reserve a room with accessible features. To do this it is necessary to telephone the hotel and in most cases trying to find somebody who understands the meaning of accessible and asking them to describe the facilities on offer. In all cases, the reply will be subjective and will vary from individual to individual. If wanting to compare hotels multiple phone calls combined with web browsing can take several hours to arrive at a satisfactory result.
See what the local MP of Gloucester, Richard Graham has to say about us..
Meet The Team
Christian is the drive behind Accessible Gloucester. Having been a wheelchair user all his life and living with a sight impairment he has experienced the difficulties that come with his disabilities. He and his family and have spent many hours researching the suitability of a venue and want to provide a one stop guide so that people living with disabilities can be involved in an able-bodied world as much as possible. He has never let his disabilities hold him back in life and is passionate about his work and helping others.
Molly is Christians’ personal assistant and joined the project in June 2017, taking over from Samantha Drewitt who worked with Christian in the initial stages to get the project off the ground. She is the ‘right-hand woman’ for Accessible Gloucester and as somebody who is able-bodied she offers the ability to make the project work by assisting Christian on accessibility assessments. She listens to Christians’ thoughts, ideas and feedback and together Christian and his personal assistant have created the online accessibility guide.