Access Fylde Coast official launch

We welcomed more than 200 people to our Access Fylde Coast official launch at the Spanish Hall, Blackpool, in April 2019. It was an amazing event that showcased what we are about and there was tremendous support for our project. Here’s a video to give you a flavour!

BECKY DANN GIVES HER THUMBS UP TO BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COAST

Channel 4 Undateable’s star Becky Dann gives her verdict on her first trip to Blackpool since she was a small child.

Fylde Coast local gives her views on accessibility

Navigating Lytham St Annes as a local with a disability. Mike Goody, former RAF gunner and Invictus Games hero, finds out access issues and how places are positively adapting.

Family Day Trip Experience To The Fylde Coast With A Disability

Part of our Mini Documentary Series. Featuring families and friends from across the UK – with visible and invisible disabilities – visiting the Fylde Coast.

Hosted by Mike Goody, former RAF gunner and Invictus Games hero.

How attitudes towards people with disabilities makes them feel

Family staycations in Blackpool are popular – but how does it fair if you have a child with a severe disability? 

Mike Goody, former RAF gunner and Invictus Games hero, finds out.

Autism, access and the fylde coast - how does it fair?

What barriers do families face when embarking on day trips and staycations with a family member with a hidden disability? Mike Goody joins a mum with her 3 children – who all have autism or ADHD – to find out more.

wHY ACCESSIBILITY MATTERS FOR BOTH TOURISTS AND LOCALS

Our New Mini Documentary Series Will Put the Fylde Coast in The Spotlight for Accessible Tourism.

Filmed across the beautiful Fylde Coast, the six-part series is hosted by Mike Goody, former RAF gunner and Invictus Games hero, and follows families and friends from across the UK – with visible and invisible disabilities – on a visit to the area, including Becky Dann, who starred in Channel 4’s The Undateables.

"ah, you're blind...I knew a deaf guy once."

As part of our pioneering project, we host fully-accessible events which also aim to breakdown the perceptions of disabilities.

Robert White, Aaron Simmonds & Jamie MacDonald lifted a packed-out Lytham Hall’s roof with laughter  and talked to us about life, laughs and disability.

Invictus Games hero mike goody puts the fylde coast to the access test

We invited people from across the UK to stay and visit Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

They share their experiences with Mike Goody in our mini series. Watch the trailer here.

purple pound!

Enjoy a bit of fun with our “Purple Pound” catchy song!

Filmed across the Fylde Coast at Accessible Places; we’re sure it will make you smile.

Purple Pound - We Love Accessible Places!

Help us spread the love for accessible places! Watch, Like, Share our Song…Let’s spread the love far and wide!

Access Fylde Coast have written, produced and filmed this fun, catchy, feel-good song and video. It captures what we are all about; just look how happy everyone is and what a great time they are having!

Everyone starring in the video has a visible and non-visible disability to show we are all the same and spread a bit of love across the community, UK and (fingers crossed!) the world this Valentines Day!

NDACA art exhibiton in Blackpool - its first time out of London

The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive exhibition tells the heritage story of a group of disabled people and their allies who broke down barriers, helped change the law and made great art and culture about those struggles. Including artworks, documentary materials and ephemera. Here artist  David Heaton talks about living with a disability and  looks at the impact of NDACA’s work at both a local and national level.

Dedicated to Art: an interview with Dame Evelyn Glennie

World- renowned and profoundly deaf virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie talks about her journey as a musician and the importance of inclusion.

Tony Signs Lytham - the #LythamLegend

Tony, through our partnership with CO-SIGN, helped to make Lytham Festival more accessible for deaf and hard of hearing audience members at Lytham Festival 2019. Tony signed each and every night – including for the Sterophonics, Rod Stewart and Kylie Minogue.  

He amassed a large following on social media, of people wanting to know #whoisthelythamsigner . Here he talks about the importance of making events accessible to all and why he decided to undertake the lengthy training to become a signer #LythamLegend

An Evening Of Comedy at Lytham Hall

Comedians Aaron Simmonds, Jamie MacDonald and Britain’s Got Talent 2018 runner-up Robert White performed at at Lytham Hall in September  – all thanks to our Access Fylde Project. 

Here’s Aaron Simmonds in our special pre-gig gag!

MP Jake Berry on the importance of the Access Fylde Coast project for the UK

MP Jake Berry, Minister of State for the northern powerhouse, talking about the importance of the Access Fylde Coast project – the first of its kind.

ILL-Abilities Dance Crew - Luca Patuelli on inclusion and being a world-renowned dancer

Access Fylde Coast brought the amazing ILL-Abilities to the UK and the Fylde Coast to help break down the misconceptions of disability. Here, the crew’s founder Luca talks about his journey as a disabled dancer and why he is inspiring others to have ‘no limits’ .

 



Small changes. Big Difference

The resources are incredible. They point out what difficulties someone with disability may have and how you can overcome it

When COVID-19 meant businesses had to close their doors for months on end, it meant that Access Fylde Coast could not carry on visiting businesses , helping with access too.

So, we got our thinking caps on, and we offered more free online disability awareness training sessions for businesses and downloadable guides to help them   when they could finally open. One business owner explains how it all helped.

“ Small changes are important for the community”

It’s great being invited into businesses and being asked if we can help them to become more accessible. Marsden Building Society talks about the steps they have made and are making to better improve facilities for customers with a little bit of help from AFC.

i'm fully booked all year around. disabled guests like the experience here.

One Blackpool hotelier talks about the positive feedback, return custom and financial sense of investing in access and creating an all-inclusive business.

 

Bringing Positive change makes sense

Blackpool Transport has the needs of disabled people at the fore of its business. We teamed up with BTS to enhance their cultural app too.

Bringing Postive change makes sense

Steph Styson, who is registered blind and is aided by a guide dog, talks about her personal experiences of being a customer with a disability.

Bringing Postive change makes sense

Kath Phillips, who uses a wheelchair, talks about the helpful things businesses do and offers up some top tips to help others become more inclusive.

Bringing Postive change makes sense

John Kamatis, who is deaf, talks about his own experience of being a customer and the barriers dead and hard of hearing people face.

Representatives from national tourist organisations to disability campaign groups - the importance of embracing access for all in our project finale event

We did have grand plans for our end of project showcase, but we had to change them due to Covid-19, so we hosted a virtual event instead, showcasing all our highlights and how we can all keep Carrying On Accessibility across the Fylde Coast and beyond.

We were so pleased to have Invictus Games hero Mike Goody to present the showcase programme and welcome guest speakers such as Ross Calladine, of Visit England, who lent his support for our project and the important work we had done.