Accessibility Policy

June 2017 Newsletter: Information from Anne Pinnock – Welfare Officer

Those of you who have read the national U3A magazine over the past few months will already know that local groups have been encouraged to find ways to make their events and groups as accessible as possible to all members. Beeston U3A fully supports this aim, and a small working group made up of both committee and non-committee members has been meeting over recent months to investigate ways to achieve it.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the surveys we circulated to group leaders and general members, asking for issues to be raised and suggest any improvements we could make to increase enjoyment and involvement.

As a result of the survey, we are in the process of implementing a policy to help make it clear to everyone- group leaders, speakers and general members, what support is available to help make events and activities as enjoyable as possible for all. This policy will be available on our website. Much of it centres around speakers at monthly open meetings, advising on the best way to ensure that they can be both seen and heard. However, we have also considered the accessibility needs faced by a member wishing to take part in a U3A day trip. A small budget will be made available to assist in meeting these needs, and an application form to request funding will be available on our website and should be sent to me, once completed.

You may well be wondering why I am writing this article, especially as I’m not on the committee, and not a group leader! As a member of the Accessibility Working Group, the committee has asked me to undertake the new role of Welfare Officer, and so I’m taking this opportunity to introduce myself. My role is to be a point of contact so that any U3A member can raise issues connected to welfare and accessibility. If you have any questions about any of the above, or any issues that you think I may be able to help with, please do contact me at anne.pinnock@yahoo.co.uk.

I will keep you all up to date as we move on further with this work,

Anne Pinnock