Access Tent / Pride Accessibility

The Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum (LGBT CSF) will be facilitating all aspects of accessibility at Brighton Pride 2017 on the day. This will include the Access Tent and general access issues to Preston Park for the Deaf, elderly, disabled community.

 

The following has been confirmed so far:

  • The Access Tent will be relocated to the SOUTH end of the park

 

  • The Tent will not just be a meeting point but a safe space, an information point, and a reporting point for any hate incidents

     

  • Disabled visitors arriving by car/van will be able to park at The Natwest Building on Preston Road opposite the Park. (Appointment only)
    To register for the Accessibility Matters Pride Access Plan please click the Icon below.

 

  • A “golf cart” shuttle service will be in place to ferry disabled visitors from The Natwest Building to the Access Tent, and back, as needed. The route to the Access Tent will be clearly signposted for those arriving by wheelchair and/or mobility scooter.

 

  • Parade participants will enter the park by the quickest route to the Access Tent.

     

  • The Tent will have interior decoration, soft lighting a community cafe and quiet music to integrate with the pride surroundings.

 

  • It will have more wheelchair/scooter recharging points plus additional sockets for charging phones etc.

     

  • The Tent will also serve as a key information point for Pride, and will have a manned information desk outside the tent at the front, with a sign language interpreter present at all times.

     

  • As before it will have accessible portaloos within its grounds, accessible only though the tent, not accessible directly from outside.
     
     

  • We will continue to run a freedom pass scheme to provide toileting access to those who need it the most.
     
     

  • An Access Steward (with a clearly identifiable tabard) will monitor access to the Tent. The Access Steward’s role will be to prevent the general public from invading the space.

     

  • A separate area will serve as a changing tent both for those disabled people who need to change their clothes for whatever reason, and also for trans* people who wish to change their clothes in a discreet environment.
     

  • A baby/child changing facility will be made available for disabled adults and children.

  • Tea, Coffee, water and snacks will be available from our Community Café. All proceeds go towards the infrastructure of the access facilities.

     

  • The LGBT CSF will be working with the Brighton & Hove Samaritans to deliver a “listening ear” service available to support people who experience distress on the day.

     

  • Signage to the access tent will be present throughout the park, and all stewards will be briefed on where the access tent is.

     

  • A watering / feeding and toileting facility will be available for guide and other assistance dogs.

     

  • An interpreter will be on hand to assist with the St John Ambulance Service, Police and the LGBT Community Safety Forums discrete ‘Report it’ service.

 

  • Hate (or other) crime incidents can be reported in safety at the tent through a discreet and anonymous drop in service. Police will attend a situation if required.

     

  • A programme of British Sign Language interpreted performances will be available throughout the park on the day.
     

To register for the Accessibility Matters Pride Access Plan please click the Icon below.

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