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Our Work

manatworkAs a new group we are still finding our feet but have received lots of assistance from Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF). SDEF are the umbrella body for Access Panels across Scotland providing support and funding.

The panel is working on an access audit of Duns, and has sought to address access issues locally in Duns. Our results so far can be found in our Resource page. We plan to do the same in other areas of Berwickshire in due course.

The Panel is supporting the establishment of a Keep Safe scheme in the Scottish Borders. For more information about this please see our easy read leaflet.

The panel supports the establishment of more Changing Places toilets across the Borders. These are different to standard accessible toilets (or “disabled toilets”) as they have extra features and more space to meet the needs of people who use them. We want to see at least one of these toilets established in Berwickshire in the next year. For a map of where these facilities are across Scotland, please visit the Changing Places website.

The panel is engaged in work to tackle Disability Hate Crime. We want to highlight that 17th August is the beginning of a month long campaign, led by Police Scotland, to raise awareness about Disability Hate Crime. We will have wristbands available with the logo “Disability Hate Crime: See It Report It, phone 101”.

For more information on Disability Hate Crime please go to the website for the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities (SCLD).

The Panel is keen to ensure that all information is easy to access and produced in different formats. We will host easy read information on a range of issues. For two examples see below:

How to protect yourself from SCAMS
Information on Third Party Reporting

We are also trying to keep in contact with the new relocated post office in Duns regarding a new ramp at the entrance to allow all users with disabilities to enter. This is currently ongoing and we will keep everyone updated with any news we receive.

If you would like us to help you with any access issues please get in touch.

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