Yorkshire to host Accessible Tourism conference

Events | Leisure & Tourism | Yorkshire
Gillian Scotford and Jane Cooper, co-founders of Access For All UK
Gillian Scotford and Jane Cooper, co-founders of Access For All UK


A tourism conference will take place in the Dearne Valley next month to discuss the opportunities for improving access for disabled people.

 The one-day ‘Dearne Valley Access Exchange’ conference will bring experts together from the tourism industry across the UK to discuss the opportunities for enhanced accessibility in the area.

The free event on Thursday 11 April is being co-hosted by training provider Access For All UK and The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP). It will take place at The Ironworks at Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

The organisation was founded in 2013 by disability campaigners Gillian Scotford and Jane Cooper. Both Gillian and Jane have experience caring for their own disabled children.

Gillian said: “Many people working in the tourism sector often say they want to help guests with access needs but feel unsure about what they need to do. This fabulous opportunity brings everyone together in one room and showcases great companies and services that improve accessibility.

“We want everyone to reap the rewards of this huge market. If you own a cafe, pub, accommodation or attraction and work in tourism, leisure or hospitality then this is for you.

“Access For All UK has an ambition to create champions across the region and to help the tourism industry truly understand how to give a confident, wonderful welcome to all.”

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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