Bracknell Forest Council

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Foreword by Councillor Paul Bettison OBE, Leader Bracknell Forest Council, Executive Member for Community Cohesion

Bracknell Forest Council is committed to advancing equality of opportunity and ensuring that Bracknell Forest is the borough of opportunity for everyone. Bracknell Forest Council in partnership with Bracknell Regeneration Partnership is pleased to sponsor this Disabled Go access guide.

The Bracknell Regeneration Partnership is a joint venture between Legal & General Capital and Schroders. The Partnership together with Bracknell Forest Council is the team behind The Lexicon Bracknell, the new shopping and leisure destination in the heart of Bracknell. Opening in September 2017, this new destination will provide a high quality mix of new shops and leisure opportunities as well as a new social and cultural heart for the area, complete with soft green landscaped spaces for entertainment and events.

Bracknell Forest has much to offer residents and visitors alike, including excellent leisure facilities and high quality countryside and open space, with a third of our area comprising woodland. This access guide has been designed to enable people with disabilities who live, work or visit to see what the borough has to offer. The guide covers a broad list of venues including shops, transport, entertainment, leisure facilities, culture and public services. You can check access for wheelchair users and for people with physical, learning disability or sensory access concerns.

This guide aims to benefit people with disabilities by providing information to support their exploration of the borough, helping them to exercise independence and choice. It is part of Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell Regeneration Partnership's commitment to make Bracknell Forest more inclusive by creating the opportunity for people with disabilities to participate more fully, as well as supporting businesses and services to be more inclusive. By encouraging improved access for all disabled people, businesses and services can share in the significant consumer market they represent. The Partnership would like to thank the Bracknell Forest Access Advisory Panel and all those local people with disabilities who have supported the continuing development of the guide. We hope you find it useful.

Based on the successful scheme in Devon and Cornwall, the 'Safe Place' Scheme was initiated by Bracknell Forest in July 2010 and was expanded and re-launched in 2015. The scheme provides a number of places within Bracknell Forest that people can access for support if they are feeling vulnerable in the community.

Local shops and amenities display a sticker to let people know that they provide a temporary safe place for any vulnerable individual within the community and will help access support by telephone. For more information on venues supporting this scheme look under 'community' and 'safe places'.