Disability Action Plan - Developed with Disability Forum
AIM PROGRESS Notes From Meeting
Raising the Profile. Improve the awareness of Waverley's Following discussion it was agreed that raising the profile of disability
commitment to E&D issues. This can and should be achieved via A presentation on E&D issues has been given to Waverley issues to the point where people concluded that they should act to remove
a number of different formats, including updating stationary and officers who have service planning responsibility. barriers was more powerful than issuing compliance. orders but that, where
via other media channels. necessary, compliance orders should still be used
Group agreed that they would like to invite other organisations such as the
Partnering. Link with other organisations with an interest in To raise at the next meeting of the Disability Forum and to
PCT although they wanted to actively manage the introduction of such
Equality issues to drive the agenda forward. progress after that event.
Agreed that a press release be issued following the Feb' 08 Disability
To agree with Waverleys communication team. This should
Forum meeting. In the absence of a Forum member volunteering to have
Publicity. Agree a press strategy with the Communications team. involve annual calendar of timed press releases and
their name attached to a quote, it would be issued with a quote from a
utilisation of a number of different communication channels.
Action: Letter to be sent on behalf of the disability forum to Local business
/Local chamber of commerce in regard to obstacles (particularly A Frames)
being placed outside shops.
Business Links. Consider setting up a business forum for major
businesses in Waverley who want to be seen as ‘pillars of the The Council is working with the business community to Group also agreed that there was a need to raise awareness more
community’. Use existing channels – Chamber of Commerce, relaunch the Waverley Business Forum generally and perhaps this could be achieved by more generic dialogue
Waverley Business Forum, etc. with the local business forum. The idea was suggested that a special
‘disability’ business breakfast could be arranged, discussing issues such as
obstacles on pavement, employment, toilet etc…
Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) This organisation brings
Action: LSP – group agreed that it would like to have a representative on
together the leading public, private, community and voluntary
The work of the Waverley Disability Forum will be discussed this board. Rachel Fox, Shirley Hogan, Ella Findley and possibly Mary
sectors serving Waverley and has the potential to be an important
at the next LSP meeting. Group will also feed Fardell were all happy to either take part in the meeting or act as a back up.
forum for change. The group should aim to raise the E&D issue
comments/progress in to this group.
at this forum to both highlight the issue and share good practice
and common approaches.
Staff Involvement Share survey and Forum findings with all
Present ideas to Waverely Borough Council staff. Use Staff
Waverley staff and ask for suggestions. Possibly as special
magazine to raise issues. Use Chief Executive briefings. Equaltiy and Diversity has been raised by C/E as part of cascade briefing.
section of the Bright Ideas (Suggestion) Scheme. The Equality
Disseminate through management structure as part of Training for all staff to be rolled out.
and Diversity Group can drive this initiative forward but it requires
developing media strategy.
the involvement of all Waverley Staff
AIM PROGRESS Notes From Meeting
Access Audits – Waverley Premises. Continue roll out of Check whether Equality Impact Assessment (EQIAs) are
Equality Impact Assessments (EQIA) of accessibility to Waverley being taken into consideration with revamp of WBC sports JA (localtiy office manager) has arranged a number of meetings with team
owned buildings to identify barriers and ways to improvement. centres. The Locality Offices manager has arranged for members who are going to look at EQIA on the locality offices. JA will also
Include members from the Disability Equality Forum in some of EQIA to be carried out with assistance of members from the look at working with members of the group to conduct EQIA of main offices.
the impact assessments. (see also 11) Disability Forum group.
Access Audits – Private Premises Look at encouraging
Licensing manager has attended E&D grp meeting to Members suggested that there was a need for clarification about the DDA
awareness and improvements in the private sector by grants
discuss options available l and reasons for current legislation and how this is enforced. Particular concerns were raised about
incentive and inclusion of disability issues as part of design
approach. Stephens Hall in Haslemere.
Transport – Taxis - agree approach to improving the availability Group noted there concerns about the cost of disabled equipment required
of disabled access taxis. to assist in access problems.
Group were concerned about the use of speed bumps and how this was
quite painfull for some disabled people when going over them.
Concerns were also raised about the problems of discretionay fares not
being avliable for until certain time which make it difficult for careers to
travel with the person they are caring for.
Action: Group raised problem of disabled parking in Waverley and
suggested it was worthwhile looking at how Horsham manages the problem
Transport - other Seek to improve transport services available
(as it seems to be more effectivley managed). Also, presuming that
via the promotion of the Hoppa service & other transport (bus & Discussed the points which were raised and asked service
Waverley were to introduce a higher level of parking fine for non-disabled
train) companies – initially by providing our survey etc. outcomes access officer to look in more detail at some issues.
drivers using disabled parking bays, this should be clearly signed at the
and seeking their advice and commitment.
Other concerns that were raised about parking where related to the
Thursday market in Cranleigh stopping blocking bays by the Dr's. Also one
forum member suggested that there was the need for more cycle parking.A
theme which was raised in relation to this but overarches most of the action
points was the establishment of a disability directory which covered the
whole range of specialist services avliable including transport.
EQIA's completed as part of the service planning process.
Involving the Disability Forum – ask some of the existing Forum
Trends, themes to be captured as part of this process and
participants to assist in the Equality Impact Assessment process See Disability Access - Waverley. This is being undertaken
more EQIA's to be completed as part of cascade across
and therefore identify disability issues other than access
AIM PROGRESS Notes From Meeting
Engaging the Disability Forum Confirm with the disability Forum
how they would like to develop their involvement with the Group were happy to continue meeting on a qtrly basis and also made a
First meeting held and next meeting planned for late
disability forum. Members may choose to take a more or less number of suggestion about how there TofR should look. RW will take this
active role. Subject to responses, facilitate their meetings, e.g. by forward building on views expressed by Forum members
Widening the Disability Forum Network Set up a Waverley
Disability Newsletter with a mailing list and encourage
Agreed to link in with the ‘Waverley Website Development’ The development of an 'on-line' Disability Directory on the Waverley
contributions. The Newsletter can form part of a number of new
Group. website could also be supported by this Group
communication channels which will utilise the development of the
Group should start with information that is readily available.
Information on Disabled Facilities Produce a disability directory The importance of getting this up and running was a constant theme
Group will look at collecting list of those organisations with
(electronic and hardcopy?). This should be compiled in liaison through the meeting. However, Forum members were keen to stress that
charitable status and then should aim to build on these
with Disability organisations and members of the disability forum. we should not be 'reinventing the wheel' and make sure that we are clear
continuously thereafter. The group will also look at potential
It was suggested the directory should use a simple icon to denote about what other organisations have and should be doing.
involvement with the ‘Voluntary Action South West Surrey’
different services on offer. The guide could be similar to that
group which has £500,000 to improve communication and
offered when booking hotel accommodation. Investigate what is happening at S.W Surrey Disability Group.
infrastructure of south west surreys voluntary groups.
Councillor Involvement Get Councillors involved – most of the
above could be achieved without financial investment (although it
will take people hours) but may need financial impetus if some Link into Mayor’s Charity. Meeting with leader agreed March Invite leader who is lead Councillor for Equality and Diversity to future
other aims are to be achieved. The group should agree with the 2008 for E&D update. meeting
Leader the timetable for next formal report to the Executive on
equality and diversity. Consider awareness training for Members
The group felt that it would be good idea to draft letter to the 2 local MP's
Wider Political Involvement Think about when would be a good
Agreed via leader and town and parish meetings (Anne Milton and Jeremy Hunt) to explain the formation and purpose of the
time to engage the local MPs and Town and Parish Councils.
Role Modelling for other Public Sector Networks Act as a
lead/role model for other Surrey Districts. Use existing networks The networks exist and it could start from requesting an item DJ outlined work of the S.W Surrey Disability Group and confirmed we
groups to spread the message including SuDEN (a Surrey Wide on the Agenda of the next meeting would pick up anything that came out of this network
organisation which looks at disability issues)
AIM PROGRESS Notes From Meeting
Look for Sponsors Target local retailers – start with the big
This is, potentially, the area that would have the most
ones, i.e. supermarkets. See what they are prepared to come up
impact on disabled users and that would raise the Council’s
with to make their facilities more accessible to the disabled, e.g.
reputation. May require something to set up through existing Work to be undertaken.
special shopping events. Nationwide chains should be doing this
channels, i.e. the Chamber of Commerce or the Waverley
and may welcome the stimulus of the local authority getting