City of Coventry Health Centre lights up in purple

CHP supports International Day of People with Disabilities

The City of Coventry Health Centre has turned its exterior purple in support of International Day of People with Disabilities which falls on the 3rd December 2022, with other CHP sites to follow.

The day aims to celebrates, educate and raise awareness for diversity and inclusion and to show our support for those living with a disability.

It’s also a day for optimism, to look towards the future and a creation of a world where someone is not characterised by their disability, but by their ability.

Inclusivity is something we strive to achieve across the CHP estate, we believe that raising awareness for disability shouldn’t just be a one-day event, it should be something that we continue to support and grow.

We recognise that everyone’s needs are different, and the importance of making sure that our CHP sites are easily accessible and can accommodate everyone regardless of an individual’s circumstance.

There are various pieces of work across the organisation, which have already taken place and continues to develop, to ensure our sites are accessible and inclusive for all who visit.

Championing inclusivity across the CHP estate

AccessAble and Best Practice Guides

Earlier this year, we launched Detailed Access Guides, available for all 310 CHP sites.

Working with AccessAble, the UK’s leading provider of disabled-access information, each of our sites were reviewed by trained surveyors who produced detailed up to date access information. Working alongside this, a Best Practice Guide for each site which highlights where other further improvements can be made was also developed.

The Detailed Access Guides can be found on CHP’s website, or via the AccessAble app, and will allow visitors coming to a CHP site to prepare and plan ahead of their visit.

The AccessAble project was recognised and awarded at this year’s Government Property Awards

Inclusive Design

The Inclusive Design concept was introduced two years ago, and looks at optimising the physical, visual and acoustic characteristics of a building to create an environment that is safe and comfortable regardless of an individual’s motor, sensory or cognitive needs.

It looks at aspects as simple as floor patterns and colours, large repeating patterns for instance may cause confusion for someone who has a visual impairment, making it difficult to identify potential obstacles.

You can read more about the Inclusive Design concept and how details that may seem small to most people, could make a huge difference to others.

2 December 2022

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