Accessibility At the Gathering

We would like to make every effort that we can to reduce barriers to people attending the gathering. We’ve tried to be proactive in thinking about what this might mean, and providing information about the site and the event but recognise that we may well have missed things. We are limited by our budget and time as a DIY, volunteer ran gathering but hope to continually improve the accessibility of the gathering.

We really welcome people getting in touch to figure out if there are ways that we can help you attend and are up for supporting people with their individual requirements as best we can.

Email us at: [email protected]

Wheelchair Access/ Mobility at the Gathering Venue:

The gathering will be held in the Big Shed and in marquees and tents in the field just opposite.

The big shed has level access, an accessible toilet and shower and a platform lift to the upper floor.

We will make sure the grass is short and will keep paths around the site and access to the building clear, however it may well be wet and muddy in the field with no hard paths to get around on.

We will ask that people keep paths clear within workshop spaces to allow easier movement.

Some workshops may involve herb walks further afield – we will make it clear on the programme if this is the case. If you’d like to attend but can’t for any reason please let us know and we’ll see if we can make changes or support you to do so.

We aim to have a couple of people on hand to help carry bags, put up tents and give assistance with stuff like getting food at mealtimes, so just let us know if there’s things you’d like a hand with.

Accommodation

The main camping area is about ¼ mile away via a rough track on rougher terrain.

There is some flat camping ground, and some space for live-in vans next to the big shed for those who need to be close by. Let us know if you need a space reserved.

We are currently finalising what we can offer in terms of more accessible sleeping space on site. There may be a few beds available in the big shed/houses nearby or the possibility of providing mattresses if needed.

There is information about local B&Bs here: http://www.bigshed.org.uk/wordpress/?page_id=248

Parking

There are a small number of parking spaces close to the building accessed via slabbed paths which can be reserved in advance of the gathering. Let us know if you will require this.

Hearing Loops

We are hoping to have Hearing Loops in place in all workshop spaces which could be used by all people with compatible hearing aids. There is one installed in the Big Shed building. More information will be posted when we confirm our equipment hire.

British Sign Language

We are currently liaising with a few people who might be able to offer signing at the gathering. Again, we will confirm as soon as possible but it looks very likely that we will be able to offer BSL signing.

Programme

Large print copies of the programme as well as copies printed on different coloured papers will be available at the welcome desk.

Fragrance-free

We will ask people to keep the general spaces fragrance-free (avoiding strong smelling perfumes or products incl. Essential oils) Some workshop spaces may be using strong scents, we will make this clear on the programme where we can.

Comfort Breaks

We will have short comfort breaks during any longer workshop sessions.

Support

Let us know if you need to bring somebody with you to support you during the gathering. We will offer free places to people who are coming in a supporting role.

Assistance dogs

Assistance and guide dogs will be allowed, please let us know in advance if you are bringing one and any requirements that they have.

Please get in touch with any questions or requests about any of the above.