We're a venue. What can we do?
On Disabled Access Day, we would like you to make people feel welcome:
- Could you hold an event on the day?
- You might already have an event planned for the day, could you do something extra for Disabled Access Day? Perhaps have a touch tour, a behind the scenes or backstage tour or a drop in session - this is a great opportunity to help promote the accessibility of your venue.
- We know there’s no such thing as a free lunch - but could you offer a free coffee or free popcorn perhaps?
- Or if you charge people entry could you discount this for the day or have a special offer like 2 for 1? This is also a good opportunity to advertise and advise people of your policy for personal assistants, for example do you offer a free ticket to a personal assistant who accompanies a disabled customer to your venue?
- And if you’re not able to offer a deal then how about a good old fashioned welcome? Just let disabled people know that they are welcome and that you’ve got good disabled access!
Why should you get involved?
Did you know that there are over 12.2 million disabled people plus over 6.5 million carers in the UK?
In the UK that is one in every five potential customers that is disabled. Getting involved in Disabled Access Day helps you to highlight the accessibility of your venue, organisation or activity and encourage more people to visit you, not just on Disabled Access Day, but throughout the rest of the year too.
We received great feedback this year, check out some of the comments we received from people who got involved on the day below:
“#AccessDay I'm going to a local National Trust property! Been waiting to go for almost 7 years, finally my chance! :)”
“Still buzzing from the #AccessDay display this morning. And the @ApolloVictoria staff was just amazing in answering so many questions”
We've put together a range of resources to help venues prepare for the day, packed with hints, tips and ideas. You can view the resources on our 'Downloadable Resources' page.
So what are you waiting for! Sign up now by completing the form below or emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll support you as much as we can – we are currently putting together a pack for venues which will help you to promote your involvement as well as give you ideas and tips on preparing for the day.
Who was involved in 2016?
A huge total of 1067 venues took part in Disabled Access Day 2016, an incredible four times the amount of venues that took part in 2015! The venues included coffee shops across the UK offering free coffees and a range of attractions and theatres who ran special offers on admission rates on the day. And it’s not just a UK event, organisations in Portugal, Ireland, Belgium and Canada also got involved!