Accessibility Matters

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‘Accessibility Matters’ at Disability Pride Brighton 2017

We are extremely happy and proud to announce that we have been working with the wonderful people at the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum and their outreach initiative, Accessibility Matters. They have vast experience of supporting disabled people in our city and they will be providing our safety and access tent.

The Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum (LGBT CSF) and its Accessibility Matters Volunteers are looking forward to joining us on the 9th July.

The volunteers will be onsite to provide access support to attendees with mobility and emotional needs.

Billie Lewis, Volunteer Chair of the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum (LGBT CSF) said, “We are looking forward to taking part in the first ever Disability Pride to take place in the country. LGBT CSF Volunteers will be on site in our mobile Access Tent to provide support, advice, information and a listening ear to anyone that requires it regardless of ability, gender or sexual identity. The Disability Pride Brighton Committee have been working hard to develop a safe and inclusive event and we look forward in supporting them on the 9th July. Please pop along to show your support!”

Accessibility Matters is the only dedicated LGBT project that delivers effective front-line services to the Disabled LGBT Communities and its allies in Brighton & Hove.

Accessibility Matters was created by the Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum to address the needs of older, disabled, and deaf members of the LGBT Communities in the city, to encourage and empower them to take part in community and social life on a par with their non-disabled peers.

Accessibility Matters for the past 5 years have provided a space at Brighton and Hove Pride for people with various disabilities so they can take part in the community Parade.

During the last twelve months, Accessibility Matters has delivered self-awareness and self-defence workshops to empower individuals to feel safer and protect themselves. These workshops were also delivered at the Forums’ B. Right. On. Festival which celebrates LGBT History Month in February.

Accessibility Matters was instrumental in enabling older, disabled and deaf people to take part in Pride 2014, 2015 and 2016 both in the Parade, where they were accommodated at the front of the parade, and at the main event on Preston park where Accessibility Matters provided a safe space for disabled people and their carers. For many disabled people, it was the first Pride at which they felt supported and welcomed as equals. Accessibility Matters will be returning to Brighton Pride in 2017.

For more information on the facilities and services available via Accessibility Matters at Disability Pride Brighton visit:

https://www.lgbt-help.com/events/disability-pride-brighton/

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