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Accessible Leominster

Accessible Leominster was funded by Herefordshire Community Foundation in order to uncover opportunities in the town to increase access and inclusion. There will be a mini guide for Leominster visitors with disabilities. Volunteers and disabled people have  been consulted and contributed. 

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Volunteers on an accessible amble in Leominster

We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Community and Personal Resilience Round 2 Fund by Herefordshire Community Foundation

Training : Becoming a Leominster Access Ambassador

FREE online training took place on a number of dates in November and December. The training webinars were for those interested in Leominster accessiblity and to give a warm and inclusive welcome to local communities and visitors. The training was friendly with small numbers. This training combined an online introduction to inclusion and accessibility, a practical mini Leominster access reviews with support from Accessible Herefordshire. A follow-up session was arranged to gather reviews and feedback. This will contribute to the Access Leominster mini guide. Trainers were Angela Martin and Vicky Nicolson James. This training is part of the Access Leominster Project funded by Herefordshire Community Foundation. Funding was provided for those requiring support to attend the training. We were able to get many volunteers on board to help us with accessibility audits going forward in Herefordshire. 


Food Friends and Flowers Events

Several festive foliage and wreath making sessions were arranged to engage with communities within Leominster. We had sesssions with Echo members, Dementia Groups, local parent/carers, Town Council members, Leominster Tourist Information, AgeUK Hereford & Localities, Sheds Together Project, Herefordshire Healthwatch, Leominster Walkers are Welcome and Shopmobility Leominster.

Avril from Food Friends Flowers helps an Echo participant at an event to engage with disabled communities in Leominster
Echo participant is totally engrossed in painting an alium for a festive decoration
Echo participants enjoy a creative session with Avril from Food Friends and Flowers making festive decorations with dried foliage
Carers and volunteers in Herefordshire enjoy a festive foliage session run by Accessible Herefordshire


We had an official celebratory Accessible Amble walk around the newly surfaced Grange paths with all

types of wheels. We were just lacking roller skates! We tracked the short amble with our Ordnance Survey

app and newly acquired GO Pro. 


Accessible Herefordshire have been working closely with Shop Mobility in Leominster to see how we could 

add value and help this town asset.  A professional review and report of their website was undertaken by Ben 

at Really Inventive. Leominster are now members of  Shop Mobility UK, the nationwide organisation and

benefit from  the association.

Shop Mobility Leominster took part in our Ambassador Training sessions along with our wreath making

sessions - great connections were made. Shop Mobility in conjunction with Accessible Herefordshire

made a video to give a wheelchair's perspective view of shopping in Leominster town on a busy Friday.

You will see that being in a wheelchair means you are on a level with planting tubs and  A boards

on pavements to get around. This can be tricky to negotiate around on wheels in addition to shoppers

and other wheels. We are hoping this gives a different viewpoint for business

owners and shoppers,  to a greater understanding of the feeling of  being in a chair.


Our volunteers are out and about tracking and mapping accessible walks - see our You Tube channel for 

Herefordshire walk videos undertaken by our volunteers. Our vounteer group have undertaken a number of 

audits and accessible walks will be added to our Accessible Leominster mini guide. 

We contributed to the writing and publication of Aida's Accessible Amble leaflet

and two other family walk leaflets which have been well received. 

Stop Press: 

Accessible Herefordshire can recommend a spacious, contemporary new restaurant and cafe at Newton Court. It is

a great accessible destination for Herefordshire dining. The menu was created to showcase the amazing produce

that the county offers and they work with a number of local suppliers to keep food miles to a minimum.

There is a small step at the entrance (a ramp is on the list), a Disabled loo, good parking, and it is spacious with a

variety of seating options. 

Accessible Herefordshire volunteers try out a walk
Wheelchair, buggy and mobility scooter showing good access inside cafe at Grange Court Leominster
Happy group including wheelchair users beside Accessible Herefordshire banner
Shop mobility Leominster staff here to help with access issues
family walk leaflets giving access details available at Leominster Tourist Office
Group at Newton Court Cider try out the cafe
mobility scooters on the Grange in Leominster Accessible Herefordshire
Young boy beside a mobility scooter demonstrating all ages need good access
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