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The Campaign Group is a spin off from the activities that the Link Up Club organises.
If we consider that an access problem exists we enter into discussion with the management of the venue in question to see if reasonable adjustments can be made.
The group meets every Thursday at the Chester Skills Development Centre and is part of Scope's day service programme.
Participants discuss points of discrimination and access experienced by the Link-Up Club members on their leisure activities or in their every day individual lives within their own community. The members regularly go out on fieldwork in order to offer local businesses an access assessment service based on the Disability Rights Commission's October 2004 criteria.
It is hoped that the offer of this service will help local businesses to comply with the law and to improve access to all disabled people.
Furthermore, it should help to increase disability awareness and assuage any fears with regard to the employment of disabled people.

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Cheshire Oaks changing rooms

Friday, June 05, 2009

We recently finished a survey on the clothes shops at Cheshire Oaks to see how many shops had disabled changing rooms. We found out of 84 shops, 31 were without changing rooms for disabled people. 21 shops, which had a larger room for wheelchair access, did not have any extra support such as handrails and only 3 had alarms fitted. 8 of the rooms were being used for the storage of shop items. I feel this is not a bad result compare to Chester but I think all changing rooms should have handrails in them for people to support themselves This is most important in case people fall and might need assistance. Fred Lines Manager of Chester SDC added “It is quite surprising to find that relatively new build such as Cheshire Oaks as not resulted in adequate access for disabled people. It prompts the question as to whether architects are trained effectively to meets the needs of disabled people.”

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