This toolkit is based on our project which involved identifying, recording and highlighting access issues on commonly used routes within the town centre. We also make recommendations for improvements needed. We do not reference legal requirements and it is from the perspective of real life experience of people with a range of disabilities and / or mobility issues. Our aim was to undertake this work not to aggressively lobby but to raise awareness and gently persuade. Many issues we identify are relevant to non-disabled people too.
Our project resulted in a general summary report, a detailed data report ( included in this pack as examples), some display boards of photos and a power point presentation. It would be useful to have in mind how you will disseminate the findings before you start.
What you will need
People with a range of disabilities interested in joining in
Enlarged maps of the area you want to map (in a plastic sleeve) It may be useful to use zones.
Data collection sheets ( we have included a pro-forma in this toolkit but you may prefer to adapt / design your own)
Pen / pencils
Cameras (Please note when using photos / videos for dissemination vehicle registration numbers and any faces of public will need to be removed unless distance crowd shots)
A place to meet indoors after the street surveys to reflect and collate data
Be realistic in your ambitions depending on:-
How many volunteers you have
The time available
Any deadlines committed to
It is better to be thorough, mapping a smaller area in detail rather than collect unspecific data about a wider area.
Manage expectations if other people and/ or organisations commission and / or fund the work.
Take a systematic approach by:-
Allocating work clearly ( divide the territory in to zones)
Take easily readable maps
Visit sites more than once and at different times eg in the week and on a weekend
Use sheets to collect data
Collect as much information as possible
Take note of the context
Have plenty of café stops!
Agree a clear explanation of the project to respond to questions about what you are doing and why. Take a note of any responses you get from the public while out and about. If anyone is negative do not enter in to altercations.
If you can work with other organisations in your community this would increase the credibility and impact of the project.
Click below to read our final project report