Inclusivity

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

This project is to enhance the ease of accessibly to the Community Centre. The Community Centre is in a prime location in the village near the doctors surgery, village shop and primary school. The village currently has an electorate of over 3500 and has planned expansion in the local plan over the next 10 years. The village school is currently holding consultation on further expansion and provides teaching to children with physical disabilities.

The Community Centre is managed by Colden Common Community Association which was registered as a charity in 1985. The Centre celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. A recent review of the building has highlighted that whilst it was compliant at the time of its building it is not fit for purpose for a modern expanding inclusive society.

The demographic of those using the centre is very diverse. There a pre-school using the centre every day along with an after school club. These attract young families which involves younger siblings with associated buggies. The pre school and the after school club would benefit from better accessibility. The centre also hosts numerous weekly events for the over 55's. Access is increasing an issue for those with young children and buggies, and those with mobility aids. The centre is fortunate to have wide access corridors and a flat entrance, but has two heavy internal and external double doors on the entrance. The provision of automatic internal and external entrance doors to offer contact free door access will aid pedestrian flow and accessibility whether pedestrians are wheelchair users, carrying equipment , or have pushchairs. Automatic door operators would offer easier accessibility for all and would be able to be linked to an access control system to provide a level of comfort to people who may feel vulnerable.

Current weekly events held at the Centre include
* Breakfast and After school club (Monday to Friday)
* Pre-School (8.30 to 3pm, Monday to Friday)
* Various Yoga, keep fit and Pilates sessions
* Dog Training
* Over 55's friendship club
* Tuesday morning Coffee Shop
* Badminton Club
* Weekly Music and Drama meetings
* Parish Council Offices and Meeting s
* Gardening Club
* Toddlers Group for Parents and Carers
* Karate and 2 toddler rugby and football coaching sessions
* Scouting
* Weekly lunch club for senior citizens
* Annual events include, Beer Festival, Winter Market, quiz nights
* Various private parties
* Café and light meals (Monday to Friday)
* "One line" Centre offering a computer with internet access and free wi fi

The centre also has a disabled toilet that was installed 25 years ago and whilst it is in reasonable order given its age it is not to current standards and needs upgrading. The doors to this toilet are also manual opening and the aim would be to fit a power assisted easy swing device to the door. The community centre toilets are available to all users of the centre and also to the wider general public it being the only available toilets within the village.

The third an final part of our to improve inclusivity is to look at the lighting to the entrance to the building. Visual impairment is often a neglected disability and the Centre are aware that with a change to the lighting we can make the centre more welcoming to all users whilst addressing the particular needs of those with visual impairment.

Our application is therefore made up of three key components:-
1 - Addressing the limitations of our entrance by providing powered doors to provide access to all.
2 - By bringing our disabled toilet into line with accepted good practice and advice.
3 - By improving the appearance and ease of movement to the building by improving the lighting.

We hope that you can appreciate what a significant and lasting legacy a successful application would make.

Colden Common Community Association

The Centre is used by a large variety of local groups, covering a broad range of activities including social, educational, sporting and other recreational purposes. During 2016-17 the Centre was used 340 days out of 365. An improved access will have benefit all those who use the centre.

Location: Colden Common