The Countdown Begins: Announcement Number One

Taking up one of our exclusive guest speaker slots, Jane and Gillian from Accessible Derbyshire will be speaking in the first half of the very first Changing Places Conference.  We are involving some of the most influential and successful businesses, charities and members of the public to join us at the conference in a bid to inspire the growing campaigner crowd. Over the course of the next 2 weeks leading up to the event, we will be announcing our wonderful guest speakers and sharing information about them with you all. Keep your eyes peeled and put the date in your diary.

Who Are Accessible Derbyshire?

accessible derbyshireThe charity was founded by Gillian Scotford and Jane Carver: two Derbyshire women with an established fundraising history having raised over £1.25 million pounds between them for local good causes in the past. The pair have a total of 6 children, three of whom are disabled, and it is this experience which has inspired their past fundraising efforts and their current charity work.

The charity has just launched a major two-year initiative aimed at making Derbyshire and the Peak District the most accessible county and National Park in the country!

‘The Big Push’ will focus on working with leisure and tourism providers in the area to raise awareness of their own accessibility and fundraising with them to provide the solutions. Training to support this initiative will also be available through the Accessible Training Company.

With its website receiving over 66,000 page views to date and with 23,500 Twitter views in just one week, the popularity of this unique charity speaks for itself and has seen Gillian and Jane invited onto the BBC Breakfast sofa and BBC Look North, asked to speak on accessible tourism to international press representatives at Haddon Hall as well as being guest lecturers to Sheffield Hallam University’s tourism students and guest speakers at the annual Loo Of The Year Awards 2014!

In addition, Accessible Derbyshire have produced a film in conjunction with Visit Britain on accessible tourism in the area which is due out shortly and, most recently, have held an MP’s Parliamentary Reception for the charity in Westminster.

To register for the very first Changing Places Conference, please sign up here.