Saturday, December 2, 2023

Accessible Belper Announces First AGM

Accessible Belper have announced their first Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 14th September at 5.45 pm at the Strutt’s centre. Members of the public are welcome to find out what the group has achieved in their inaugural year.

They will also have the opportunity to make suggestions for the future of the society and a chance to join their committee.

Accessible Belper is a group dedicated to improving and raising disability awareness in the town.

The organisation’s new website recently went live. Moving forward, they aim to: “build on the content to create a fantastic up-to-the-minute resource for the people of Belper and our visitors, with information about accessibility and news about what is going on regarding training and events.”

The website itself is also accessible. Take a look at the website by clicking on this link:

Visitors can help create further detail and information by either completing a survey on the attached form or providing Accessible Belper with details of their business/organisation.

This includes more than physical accessibility as the group understand that not all businesses in Belper can manage wheelchair access. Other examples include, companies that may have a space that people can sit whilst merchandise can be shown to a customer unable to stand for long period of time, members of staff who understand sign language and shops that have an area where someone can sit if they need a rest before continuing on home.

Their next training session will take place at Strutt’s Community Centre on Wednesday 28th September, from 5.45pm until 7.45pm. The first hour will consist of training in disability awareness – how to engage with different disabilities, the use of language and how to help without interfering. The second hour will comprise of training to become a dementia friend.

Photo: Siobhan Fennell and Trevor Gee at the end of the training session.

Claire Meese


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