Those of us who love Cornwall appreciate our beautiful beaches, tranquil countryside and unique heritage. We want everyone to be able to enjoy what Cornwall has to offer, and our mission is to empower local residents, visitors and businesses to enjoy a truly inclusive community.
We want those who need wheelchair access to be able to easily find really wonderful restaurants, attractions and activities and to have all the information they need to plan their visit.
Do you need to find a day out which someone with autism would absolutely love? You can find it here.
Which cafes and art galleries have hearing loops? Click on the Hearing filter and you can see a list and a map.
Do you need toilets with adjustable height benches or hoist systems? We can help.
We not only want to help those who need these facilities to find them easily and have support in planning days out. Our mission is to empower local businesses and communities to understand how valuable it is to all of these to welcome those who face these challenges and their carers. We want to help organsations and venues put these measures in place so that we can all come together and enjoy this magical Duchy.
Access Cornwall was created quite simply because members of the local community asked for it. Viki Carpenter and Emma Grigson, as family members of a child with autism, and Enterprise Advisors to a local SEND school, we wanted to make it a reality.
Currently the project is under development, and our mission is to ensure that we create this resource with support from the real experts, those who experience challenges such as vision and hearing impairment, mobility and learning disabilities and spectrum conditions. We also of course wish to involve carers and also those from the wider community who run businesses such as attractions, restaurants, cafes, activity centres, accommodation, galleries and gardens. Our goal is to create a truly inclusive community in Cornwall, and to ensure that everyone can enjoy what our county has to offer and enjoy a genuinely welcoming experience.
At its heart Access Cornwall is about ensuring that everyone can enjoy a more enriched and inclusive life, whether they are visitors or local residents.
The Access Cornwall website was initially developed with support from the National Lottery Awards for All fund which enabled us to build the initial website and get our project well underway. This funding was pivotal in making our vision a reality.
The training of individuals with disabilties and health conditions to help us review venues for accessibility and build strengths, confidence and skills in our team is currently being funded by Cornwall Led Local Development with European Social Fund support.