En­abling all to en­joy the best that Bray can of­fer

Bray People - - Wanderers Host Open Day For Families - Mary FOG­A­RTY

MEM­BERS of En­able Ire­land were at Bray swim­ming pool last Fri­day to mark the end of Action Week on Dis­abil­ity, which in­cluded the re­sults of En­able Ire­land’s ‘Ac­cess All Ar­eas’ sur­vey.

The ser­vices iden­ti­fied a num­ber of lo­cal ac­cess is­sues that they high­lighted dur­ing the week.

‘It is great that Bray pool is now open,’ said a spokes­woman. ‘It is such a won­der­ful re­source for the com­mu­nity. It has been very en­cour­ag­ing li­ais­ing with the pool man­age­ment who con­tinue to try to make it fully ac­ces­si­ble for all pool users. There is a pool lift to en­able en­try and it is hoped there will be a hoist and chang­ing plinth in the near fu­ture.’

The sur­vey also com­mended the fact that there is an ac­ces­si­ble bowl­ing al­ley which many of the En­able Ire­land ser­vice users avail of reg­u­larly, as well as a the­atre which many users also fre­quent.

The re­port re­marked that Bray Town Coun­cil re­cently looked for in­put from the or­gan­i­sa­tion as part of a pro­posal to de­velop a fully ac­ces­si­ble and in­clu­sive play­ground.

It was re­vealed that huge im­prove­ments have been made to en­hance the wheel­chair ac­cess to pop­u­lar for­est trails in Glendalough and Newtownmountkennedy Coilte For­est.

‘Un­for­tu­nately most of th­ese fa­cil­i­ties meet the min­i­mum cri­te­ria for dis­abled toi­lets,’ said the spokes­woman. ‘But in prac­ticethey do not meet the needs of most of our ser­vice users, leav­ing them without toi­let fa­cil­i­ties.’

She added that while there have been pos­i­tive moves in park­ing in Bray, ser­vice users are still frus­trated by the poor qual­ity of the foot­paths, lack of dished curb­ing and many build­ings and shops con­tinue to be in­ac­ces­si­ble for wheel­chair users. Ac­cord­ing to ser­vice users nar­row path­ways through­out Wick­low as well as cars park­ing on the foot­paths con­tinue to hin­der ac­cess.

In Bray Pool to mark the end of En­able Ire­land Ac­cess All Ar­eas Aware­ness Week (from left) Cather­ine Con­way (Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­a­pist, En­able Ire­land), Stephen Kin­sella (Duty Man­ager), Kevin Kelly (Gen­eral Man­ager), Do­minick Gun­shenan (CEO Shore­line Leisure), An­glea McEvoy (Physio Man­ager En­able Ire­land) and Corinna Nolan (Swim Co­or­di­na­tor Shore­line Leisure).

A big smile from Kayleigh Fisher in Bray Pool. INSET ABOVE: Mairead McCormack with Mary Har­ris.

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