PRAISE FOR PROJECT MAKING HERITAGE SITES ACCESSIBLE
A Devon-based project that helps make heritage sites more accessible for people has won a National Lottery Award.
Heritage Ability is a project run by a small charity called Living Options Devon. With support from 320 volunteers and funding from the National Lottery, it is helping 20 heritage destinations in the South West become more accessible over a three year period.
Now the scheme has won Best Heritage Project in the 2018 National Lottery Awards. The awards are the annual search for the UK’S favourite Lottery-funded projects.
TV and film actor Sally Phillips, whose son has Down’s syndrome, is an advocate for disabled rights and announced the award and met some of the people who have benefited from the project.
She said: “Heritage destinations should be inclusive for everyone but that’s not always the case, so it was wonderful to hear today about Heritage Ability’s brilliant work opening up access to so many of the South West’s most-loved attractions.”
Maryann Soper, project manager for Heritage Ability, said: “Change cannot be achieved overnight but we hope these places will become role models to show what can be done and the value of a community-led approach.”
The project’s achievements include making British Sign Languague videos available at Kents Cavern, Killerton and Seaton Wetlands, creating large print guides for places including Cockington Country Park and delivering an all-terrain mobility scooter to Lundy.