A number of the borough’s top venues have been recognised for the facilities they offer disabled visitors.
The council’s four leisure centres, Richard Herrod Centre, Bonington Theatre and Gedling Country Park have all been awarded the CredAble provider quality Kite mark this week.
The award comes from CredAbility, an independent service committed to quality for disabled customers. The awarded venues will each display the Kite Mark to raise awareness of the facilities on offer to disabled visitors.
The accreditation has been awarded based on the council’s commitment to respond to feedback about its facilities and its provisions for the disabled. Gedling Borough Council joins a group of venues who have been awarded the accreditation including The Royal Albert Hall and Motorpoint Arena.
Gedling Borough Council started working with Nimbus Disability, who awarded the accreditation, in July 2017 and have since had all sites assessed.
Changes were made to make all sites accessible for disabled visitors and making sure there were the appropriate facilities where needed.
Gedling Country Park became a fully accessible and disabled friendly park thanks to the installation of a special Changing Places toilet and changing facility for people with severe disabilities, the first of its kind in the borough.
Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health & Well-being, Councillor Henry Wheeler said: “It’s fantastic to see the work our leisure team have done to make our facilities as accessible as possible for our disabled users; this is a clear reflection of committing to our promise of serving people and improving lives.”
Martin Austin, Managing Director for Nimbus Disability said: “We’re proud to have worked with Gedling Borough Council in showcasing the accessibility of their leisure facilities.
Being as proactive as the council is about accessibility shows that access to leisure and fitness facilities is an activity which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.