Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Accessible Travel In The UK

Before becoming a stay at home mum,  after my son was born two years ago I used to work in social care. I worked with adults who had learning disabilities and my job was to help them live independently within the community. I studied a degree in social care and also have NVQ's / diplomas in social care, so it is a subject that I know a lot about and I am passionate about as I also have an aunt with learning disabilities. 

Most of my working day when I worked in social care was filled with paperwork, filling in risk- assessments, care plans, health and safety checks etc. I soon realised that if you were in a wheelchair or if you has a mobility problem and found it hard to walk far, getting out and about could actually be rather difficult. Before the people who I worked with went anywhere a risk assessment would have to be carried out, every little detail had to be planned out to make sure they would be able to get around easily and enjoy the day.

These days things are improving and travel is more accessible to people with mobility problems, we have easy access buses - which they never had when I was a child. Now their is also companies such as Mobility Nationwide who specialise in wheelchair accessible vehicles to make getting out and about that little bit more easier. They are currently running a summer campaign, showing some brilliant destinations in the UK for accessible days out. 

This got me thinking to places that the people who I used to work with travelled to, Blackpool. Scotland and Scarborough seemed to be favourite destinations. They would stay in specially adapted hotels or caravans and enjoy days out, I never went on any of these holidays with them myself as they went with family or care staff. I do however visit Scarborough often with my young children who are in pushchairs, in fact we were only there a couple of weeks ago and I realised that actually Scarborough is a lot more accessible then I thought that it would be. 

I remember visiting Scarborough as a child with my grandfather who was in a wheelchair, we would park in the car park at the harbour and the whole bay was flat and on one level. There was lots of elderly people and wheelchair users there when we visited recently too. Scarborough is such a traditional seaside town with lots of fish and chip shops dotted along the promenade, ice cream stalls by the beach and a lovely harbour to walk along. We also visited the local sealife centre which was all flat and easy to get around, nearby peasholm park would also be a lovely day out as there is lots to see and do. I can see why the people I used to work with enjoyed visiting so much. 

Where would you recommend for an accessible day out / holiday in the UK? 

This is a collaborative post. 

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