• Home improvement agency backs new disability guide

    Worcestershire’s only home improvement agency is backing the introduction of a new accessibility guide.

    Care and Repair Worcestershire – which is part of Fortis Living – is supporting the online Accessibility Checker, which it says will have a huge impact on many of its clients.

    The guide has been published by disability organisation DisabledGo following surveyors visiting more than 400 sites in Worcester and collecting hundreds of pieces of information, including measurements and photographs.

    The guide provides information on the best and worst of city shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres and public buildings.

    Kate Curran, Manager at Care and Repair Worcestershire said: “Accessibility can be a major concern for people, not just in their homes, but also as they go about their daily lives.  Having an accessibility checker readily available looks set to make access to services so much easier.  We thoroughly support its introduction in Worcester.”

    David Livermore, Director at DisabledGo said:

    “We are genuinely excited to launch the Accessibility Checker to Worcester, having received so much positive feedback from disabled people, carers and community organisations in the lead up to the launch event. We know the positive impact that having this level of accessibility information brings and really hope other towns and cities will follow Worcester’s lead. Worcester City Council have really embraced the concept of an Accessible City and we are proud to work alongside them to support them in achieving their ambitions. As part of this, we are committed to expanding and improving the service and we are already looking forward to a new website and mobile app to launch at the end of summer 2018.

    “We recognise the importance of having the support of local organisations in the area like Care and Repair Worcestershire. We know from our projects in other towns and cities that local groups promoting the resource helps tremendously to spread the word about DisabledGo accessibility information and we are therefore extremely grateful for their support.”

    Care and Repair Worcestershire is a not-for-profit organisation offering a repair and adaptation service to both homeowners and tenants, improving their quality of life, helping  older, disabled and other vulnerable people as well as those on a low income.  By providing a range of practical services, the organisation enables people to continue to live safe, warm and secure lives in their own homes.

    The service is free and is available at www.disabledgo.com; the information also covers areas that people with visual impairments, hearing impairments, autism, dementia, learning disabilities and mental health issues have highlighted as important.  The service is set to expand this summer with a new website and mobile app.

    For further information please contact Kate Curran, Manager at Care and Repair Worcestershire on 01684 579456 or email her at kcurran@fortisliving.com.

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