THERE are lots of brilliant resources and facilities across Tameside's town centres which make them a welcoming place for all.
As COVID restrictions ease and town centres reopen residents are alerted to the accessible offer in place to support the community help everyone to feel confident in getting back out and about.
Getting into town
Disabled residents may be eligible for a pass that gives you free and low-cost travel in Greater Manchester and the rest of England under the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme. More info: https://tfgm.com/tickets-and-passes/passes-for-disabled-people
Ring & Ride offer free low-cost journeys to those who may find it difficult to access public transport in an accessible minibus with low entrance steps and tail-lifts. Residents over 70 or with a learning disability can use the service to travel for up to six miles from their home, as long as the journey is within Greater Manchester. More information here: https://tfgm.com/public-transport/ring-and-ride-minibuses
Those who are visually impaired or unable to access public transport due to disability may be could be eligible to buy vouchers for discounted travel taxis in taxis, private hire vehicles and community transport schemes. More info: https://tfgm.com/public-transport/travel-vouchers
Digital Library Resources
There are a wealth of digital library resources available - eBooks and eAudiobooks with BorrowBox, eNewspapers with PressReader and eMagazines with Libby, these all have accessibility features - different font sizes, listening speeds, background colours which make the written world available to all, so everyone can experience the joy of reading.
All digital services are free to library members and are available 24/7. Large print and talking books are also available in all libraries with Dukinfield having the largest collection.
Active Tameside centres run their award-winning inclusion and disability service which includes a range of services, programmes and interventions aimed at removing barriers to enable everybody to live well, feel great and reach their potential.
Services include outreach targeted support, supported internships, adult day services and disability community respite – learn more about what's on offer here: https://www.activetameside.com/everybody-can/
Tameside Council has quiet spaces across the borough, starting with Ashton Library. Individuals who are having a sensory overload in buildings involved in the scheme can request a set of ear defenders, ear plugs and sunglasses to use whilst on the premises.
The quiet spaces scheme is expanding across the borough and is being adopted by GP practices and Tameside Hospital's Accident and Emergency unit.
Quiet spaces are also available at COVID-19 vaccination centres for those who may experience sensory difficulties when going for their vaccine. These were the result of engagement and feedback from learning disability and autism groups in the borough.
Primary Care Networks are also working closely with the Community Learning Disability Team to encourage uptake and support delivery of the vaccine to Learning Disabled and Autistic people to give them the best protection.
Cllr Eleanor Wills, Executive Member for Population Health and Adult Social Care said: 'A key part of our plans as Tameside reopens is making sure that town centres are there for everyone and our aim is always to provide customers with equal access to information and services.
"We will continue to focus on supporting the community in all its diversity to be able to access and make the most of the brilliant facilities Tameside has to offer – from libraries to sports activities and fitness.
"I encourage everyone to share this offer with their friends, families and loved ones!"
More info and guidance: www.tameside.gov.uk/shopsafe