Mobility problems

  • Diminished movement.
  • Use of wheelchair, crutches, zimmer frame.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis or similar.
  • Transport to venues.
  • Inability to leave home.

Making open meetings accessible

  • Review all venues re steps, ramps, handrails, toilets for the disabled, lifts, easy opening of doors.
  • Ask members what help they require.
  • Provide suitable space for wheelchairs at meetings and offer practical assistance.
  • Encourage carers to accompany a member.
  • Look at accessibility implications for parking at venues.
  • Make it clear what to do in an emergency.
  • Suggest car sharing.

Making interest groups accessible

  • Be flexible about meeting in members’ homes, are they accessible?
  • Could the disabled/impaired member host the group?
  • Arrange meetings in retirement and/or care homes.