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08 for All

08 for All

... making Merseyside a destination of choice for disabled visitors

MDF wants Merseyside to be a place that disabled visitors want to visit, because of improved accessibilty, and because of the warm and helpful welcome that they receive. Not all local businesses have yet made the sort of changes - sometimes very simple and low-cost - that they need to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.

With European Capital of Culture status in 2008, and the other events leading up to it, it was more important than ever that the tourism, leisure and hospitality industries in Merseyside should be accessible. The 08 for All project of MDF and our partners (March 2005 to March 2007) encouraged changes in buildings and in operations (in some cases with subsidised costs).

The project included:

  • subsidised accessibility advice visits or disability access audits for small and medium-sized businesses in the tourism and leisure sectors
  • accessibility advice to major new tourism projects 
  • new web-based information available about the accessibility of local venues
  • development of "mystery shopping" by disabled people to help businesses and venues discover just how welcoming and accessible they really are
  • subsidised events to improve the knowledge and skills of staff who are involved in welcoming and serving disabled visitors

08 for All was funded by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through the European Union’s Objective One on Merseyside programme.

The project was also supported by a number of local partners: The Mersey Partnership, Liverpool City Council, Knowsley, St Helens and Sefton Borough Councils, and the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Board.

This programme closed in 2007. MDF is happy to help businesses or other organisations to arrange for access audits, for disability awareness training or for other ways in which they can reach the important market of disabled people, and fulfil their legal obligations under the Disability Discrimination Acts.

There may be other support available for tourism and leisure businesses in Merseyside. Contact the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LCRLEP)  (0151) 277-2727.