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Access for All encouraging more shops to get involved with accessible town project

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Access for All is encouraging island shops and businesses to get involved with its accessible retail project.

Workshops and initiatives are being run in the lead up to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, when the first accessible Christmas lights evening will take place.

In Guernsey the "purple pound", which is the amount of money that could be spent by people with disabilities, is estimated to be more than £248 million.

Access for All is hoping that by improving physical access to premises and the understanding of businesses, more of the 13,000 islanders with disabilities and 4,000 carers will spend more time in St Peter Port.

Upcoming events include:

  • Purple Tuesday Fayre: 13th November 12-2pm Inner Market. A wide range of stalls will be available to help local businesses and community groups find out how they can become more accessible.
  • #MakeAChange Awards: 3rd December 12.30pm Inner Market. On International Day of Persons with Disabilities there will be awards for organisations, groups and individuals that have taken a significant step to become more accessible.
  • Accessible Christmas lights evening: Monday 3 December :5.30-7.30pm. Town will be open late two days after the Christmas lights are switched on to provide a more accessible environment for islanders with disabilities.

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More information on workshops and events can be found here. Hints and tips for businesses and shops to become more disability friendly are available here.