Disabled Access

 

At Norwich Pride we want everyone to enjoy a fantastic day out and we aim to be as accessible and inclusive as we can. Here’s a welcome message from our Access Champion Sarah Taylor…

“A big hello to all of you. My name is Sarah Taylor & I’m the Norwich Pride Access Champion for 2018. I’m an ex- nurse who is disabled due to chronic illness which gives me mobility problems, chronic pain & chronic fatigue. I’m really excited about trying to make this the best experience possible this year and support people’s wellbeing, health needs & mobility issues. Please do share your ideas, previous experiences of Pride & ask any questions you may have and i will do as much as I can to help. We are all a team and this is your Pride, your choices & hopefully you will have the best experience you can of the day.”

Please contact us if you have any questions or queries about access by emailing access@norwichpride.org.uk

We also have a Norwich Pride Access Group on Facebook

You can read the results of our 2018 Access Survey here: Norwich-Pride-Access-Survey-Results

Here are some of the access arrangements we have in place for Norwich Pride 2019:

  • Disability awareness training for all stewards
  • Designated spaces on the March for disabled people and their carers who would like to march together
  • A reserved, enclosed Access Area for the Pride show
  • Wheelchair accessible venue at The Forum with disabled toilets
  • A Help Desk at the Forum with information about venues, parking, disabled toilets etc.
  • Quiet areas in the Library in The Forum and the Norwich Wellbeing Centre
  • Wellbeing Tents in Chapelfield Gardens run by Norwich Mind and the Norwich Dandies
  • British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter for speeches and Question Time
  • Access Symbol to identify Access areas

Here are some photos of the beautiful Norwich Wellbeing Centre which we have booked to provide a Quiet Space next to Chapelfield Gardens.

Parking

For Blue Badge holder parking in Norwich please see here

To plan parking in general please see the ‘Arriving by car’ section on our page Getting to Pride.


The Forum

The Forum is located at Millennium Plain, Bethel Street, Norwich. NR2 1TF. For details about accessibility please visit www.theforumnorwich.co.uk/accessibility

A ramp for easy access runs along Bethel Street at the side of The Forum. A lift operates from the car park to all Levels +1 and -3 of The Forum.  Parking spaces for holders of disabled badges can be found on Level -2 in The Forum car park.

The Forum toilets – including those for disabled visitors – are on the ground floor of the building between Fusion Screen and the Millennium Library.

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome inside The Forum.

Information desk

The Norwich Pride information desk can be found at the Forum next tot he Pride Shop. Disabled Access Info sheets will be available and do let us know if you have any queries!

Quiet areas

There’s a Quiet area available in the Library in The Forum and there are Wellbeing Tents run by Norwich Mind and the Norwich Dandies in Chapelfield Gardens, allowing you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Pride.


Wheelchairs and scooters for hire

Norwich Shopmobility is a scheme which offers the loan of scooters, electric and manual wheelchairs to people who have mobility difficulties in order to make the city centre more accessible. You don’t have to be registered disabled to use the Shopmobility service. Some people hire a scooter or wheelchair if they have a broken limb for example. Vehicles can be used anywhere within the Inner Ring Road.

Shopmobility can be found at two sites: Chapelfield Shopping Centre (good opening hours) and Castle Mall Shopping Centre (more restricted opening hours).

Chapelfield Shopmobility is closest to the action at Norwich Pride, not far from the Forum, Chapelfield Gardens and Theatre Street. Parking is on Level -1. To book a vehicle or make an enquiry please call 01603 753350.

Shopmobility is a very popular and affordable service. The membership fee is £6.00. This entitles you to hire a scooter, electric wheelchair or manual wheelchair from Chapelfield Shopping Centre or Castle Mall Shopping Centre. You also get free car parking in the shopping centre. Loan charges are £4.00 each time you take out a vehicle. Please make sure your parking ticket is validated at Shopmobility before you drive off.

Don’t forget to take two forms of identification when you go to a Shopmobility centre to register for membership. Acceptable forms of identification include a Blue Badge, passport, driving license and two utility bills. To be sure of getting a vehicle for Pride, you should reserve one well in advance.

For more details on ShopMobility within Chapefield please see here


Deaf and Hearing impaired

Norwich Pride has a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter for speeches and the Question Time Debate as well as other events  throughout the day. In 2019 we hope to have screens at the sides of the Main Stage to make it easier for everyone to see the acts and the BSL interpreters.


Toilets

Accessible toilets are available in the Forum (to the left of library entrance), in Chapelfield Gardens and at St Margarets Church of Art (St Benedicts Street).

Standard toilets are also available in the Forum (to the left of library entrance), in Café Bar Marzano and next to the market.

For more information about public toilets in the city centre go to the City Council website