Autism Friendly - intuintu have been working hard over the past two years to make their centres autism-friendly.
This has involved a number of initiatives to make shopping easier and more fun for people with autism. Read more
Blind Personal Shopping - intu
intu want to make their customers smile and for them to leave their centres happier than when they walked in.
Changing Places - St Stephen's Centre, Hull
St Stephen’s is the only shopping centre in the city with ‘Changing Places’ toilets.
My Guide - St Stephen's Centre, Hull
St Stephen’s shopping centre became one of the first shopping centres in the region to train its customer service and security teams to assist blind or partially sighted shoppers.
Cities Unlocked - The Oracle, Hammerson
Reading City Council, Microsoft, Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Oracle shopping centre collaborated on a creative wayfinding initiative enabling blind or partially sighted people to confidently navigate Reading town centre and a shopping centre environment. Read more
The core part of the meeting was for Mike Adams OBE, Purple and the wider group to develop plans for Purple Day which is planned for later in the year to create a day for welcoming people and families.
Revo South and Purple ran a three-hour workshop to equip Shopping Centre Managers to ensure retail places provide a positive experience for disabled customers.
A free of charge session where attendees heard from major charities including; Alzheimer’s Scotland, Crohns & Colitis UK and Guide Dogs Scotland on how to help make visitor experiences less challenging for disabled people.
A free of charge session to increase the awareness of mental health amongst those working within the property industry.
In partership with the British Property Federation, we held a half-day conference, sharing Diversity and Inclusivity best practice, focussing on the workplace and the built environment.
The first panel focussed on the economic, social and business benefits of genuinely diverse organisations, looking at the changes our industry can expect in the future and how companies can address the headwinds that hamper progress. The second session focussed on inclusive placemaking, the communities in which we live and work and how we can create places that are accessible and enjoyed by all.
We enjoyed a presentation from Microsoft Evangelist, Hector Minto who explored the potential of products that already exist and can enable better access to services for people and families with disabilities.
There was also a presentation from Disability Confident to encourage employers to make the recruitment process more open and inclusive.
Lastly, there was an initial presentation from Mike Adam OBE, Purple, on a proposal for a Purple Day.
Improving wellbeing in the workplace by changing attitudes towards mental health problems. Initiated by the Revo Educational Trust, Time to Change, LionHeart and Laing O'Rourke encouraged open dialogue in the office and revealed why addressing mental health is pivotal for business.
Alongside (past) Disability Champion Helen Drury, we convened a roundtable with the Minister of State for Disabled People and key players in retail and retail property to discuss how to improve accessibility in retail and reflect on progress to date. The roundtable offered the opportunity to discuss what more we can all do together to improve accessibility in retail places.
Shopping and accessing entertainment come high on disabled people’s list of challenging experiences and we want to support our members in this endeavour. Attendees heard from five major charities, Purple, Guide Dogs, Crohn's & Colitis, BITC and The National Austistic Society on how to help make visitor experiences less challenging for disabled people.