Improving access to the built environment is something that’s improving, and many organisations want to make things better.
But do they know exactly what’s needed? Quite often they’re not sure, and that’s where ParaQuad Tasmania can help with lived experience advice.
Hoping to secure a state government grant called ‘Improving the Playing Field’, Scouts Tasmania contacted ParaQuad to get advice on what they could do to make their facilities at The Lea Scout Centre in the south of the state more accessible.
Around 50 community groups from around Tasmania use the Centre, which has meeting rooms, space for indoor and outdoor activities and accommodation.
Former ParaQuad employee Joe Chivers made the initial visit to the site and explained that the end goal in gaining the grant was to accommodate wheelchair users as guests in the accommodation, provide them with an inclusive space to enjoy activities and functions with other guests and provide accessible facilities such as an accessible bathroom/shower room.
Advice was given around the position of the ramp to the toilet block and what’s needed in a bathroom to make it accessible and user friendly.
After successfully gaining the grant, Scouts Tasmania has made several improvements. ParaQuad Tasmania was excited to be invited to the launch of the new-look facilities last month, and joined representatives of Scouts Tasmania, members of a number of community groups and Minster for Sport and Recreation Nic Street.
ParaQuad Tasmania encourages collaboration around improving access and congratulates Scouts Tasmania on its approach.
Organisations needing lived experience advice can call our office on 6278 8816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.