NOW Group marks Disabled Access Day

2015, Belfast, Northern Ireland

NOW Group marks Disabled Access Day

A group of young people from the training and employment social enterprise NOW Group are doing their bit to encourage people with disabilities to visit new spaces and places in Belfast and beyond as part of the first ever Disabled Access Day.

Disabled Access Day, which takes place this coming Saturday (January 17th) across the UK, is all about getting out and visiting a venue that you've never been to before, on or in the run-up to, the day itself. Whether a cinema, coffee shop or anywhere you like, the message of Disabled Access Day is simple: Get exploring!

The young people from NOW Group’s Transition Service – which supports students in their final years of school to explore future options and gain independence through training, mentoring and sampling work placements - will be hosting a programme of activities to mark Disabled Access Day at ‘The Hive’, NOW Group’s community space on Grosvenor Road in Belfast city centre.

Activities include: a ‘Sharing Session’ where participants will talk about their experiences in accessing public venues, shops and spaces in Belfast as a person with a disability; information on NOW Group’s JAM Card scheme which helps supports people with learning disabilities to access goods and services, and; a movie screening from the Black Moon Film Club, a film club hosted by Belfast’s Black Box venue for and by adults with learning disabilities that also provides screenings across the country.

A photo of a group of young people

The group will also using Disabled Access Day to raise awareness of their ‘Hive Bargainers’ project – a guide for people with disabilities on the best deals and best access-friendly venues in the social and entertainment sector in Belfast. The project has made it through to the next stage of Lloyds Banking Group’s Money for Life Challenge, a UK-wide competition that provides grants for 16 to 24-year-olds to run a project to improve money management skills in their communities. The most inspiring and impactful projects progress to NI finals in Stormont in April and the UK Grand Final in May.

A photo of The Hive

The Hive Bargainers are currently researching their guide and hope to unveil it in the coming weeks.

“We’re very proud of the fact that this group of young people have decided to get together to mark Disabled Access Day,” said NOW Group Transition Officer, Lorraine Hall.

“It’s important the people with disabilities feel welcomed and included in every aspect of their city and we hope our day activities and The Hive Bargainers’ guide will contribute to this.”

Disabled Access Day at The Hive starts at 11am this coming Saturday, January 17th, at 15-17 Grosvenor Road. For more information, contact Lorraine Hall on 028 9043 6400, or email lorraine.hall@nowproject.co.uk.

For information on Disabled Access Day events across the UK, visit www.disabledaccessday.com.

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

  • NOW Group supports people with barriers to employment and learning into the workforce across Northern Ireland. Its headquarters are based at 428 Springfield Road, Belfast, BT12 7DU. Visit www.nowproject.co.uk, email admin@nowproject.co.uk, or call 028 9043 6400. Follow NOW Group on Twitter at @NOW_Project
  • NOW Group also operates two successful social enterprise businesses called Loaf and Gauge, the profits from which go back into NOW’s work in supporting people with all learning abilities. Loaf consists of four cafes and an outside catering delivery business. Loaf cafe kitchens are accredited assessment centres and provide training and employment opportunities for NOW catering trainees. Loaf took over the management of Belfast City Hall’s Bobbin Coffee Shop in September 2014 and plans are currently underway to redevelop the site of the derelict Oak Bar on Belfast’s Grosvenor Road into another Loaf cafe and bakery, bringing much needed employment and training opportunities to the local area. Gauge specialises in measuring, evaluating and communicating the social impact of organisations across the third, private, public and philanthropy sectors in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
  • For all media queries, contact Gráinne Brinkley at NOW on Tel: 028 90436 400, mob: 07884330036, or email: grainne.brinkley@nowproject.co.uk