u3a u3aplus mobility

Mobility problems may be due to a variety of causes and may include:

  • Diminished movement.
  • Use of wheelchair, crutches, walking aid.
  • Inability to reach venues.
  • Inability to leave home.

Making open meetings accessible

  • Review all venues in terms of steps, ramps, handrails, accessible toilets, lifts, easy opening of doors.
  • Ask members what help they require.
  • Provide suitable space for wheelchairs at meetings and offer practical assistance.
  • Encourage carers to accompany a member.
  • Look at accessibility implications for parking at venues.
  • Make it clear what to do in an emergency.
  • Suggest car sharing.

Making interest groups accessible

  • Be flexible about meeting in members’ homes, are they accessible?
  • Could the member with the mobility issue host the group?
  • Consider meeting in retirement and/or care homes.
  • Look for venues with easy access for those with mobility problems (libraries, cafes, pubs, local care homes, even some supermarkets). Ask around – one u3a uses a fire station!

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