Access to services
We are committed to making our facilities as accessible as possible. If you have any special accessibility needs please let us know and we will use our best efforts to accommodate them.
Wheelchair and mobility access
The Meeting Place has step free access through the main front entrance.
We have tried to make this website as accessible as possible.
However, what works for one person will not always work for someone else.
Some of the things we’ve done to make the site accessible include the following:
- We’ve used WordPress as this website’s platform — the people at WordPress are highly committed to accessibility
- We’ve used a responsive design ‘theme’, or design template, that adjusts to whatever device you’re using to view the site (and will therefore zoom well for anyone with a visual impairment)
- We’ve tried to write in Plain English, use meaningful hyperlinks and not write content that takes you up a dead end
- We’ve tried to add meaningful alternative tags (‘alt-tags’) to images and graphics
- We’ve tried to ensure we’ve not made content completely dependent on an image or graphic — or if we have, as we know a lot of people prefer images and graphics — we’ve tried to provide meaningful alternative content wherever that is practical
- We’ve linked to Google Translate — we know Google Translate sometimes makes some howlers, but it should help a lot of people who don’t have English as their first language
- We’ve provided a Sitemap so you can see all the pages on this site in one place, as well as providing site-wide menus and contextual sub-menus to help navigation
Technology is changing rapidly. There are large range of devices for viewing websites, and what works for one audience/disability often works against someone else.
The experts often don’t always agree on what is best, and technology is sometimes moving ahead faster than web accessibility guidelines — many of the ‘definitive’ guidelines were written around 2005. So we don’t claim we will always get it completely right.
If we’ve got something wrong, we’re very sorry. Please tell us if you think we have done something wrong and suggest any improvements or useful resources you know.
We can’t always promise to implement everything, but we will listen and will try to do the very best we can for you. Go to the Contact page to see the different ways you can get in touch.
Further reading and resources
- Accessibility: BBC Lots of useful information and resources, not just for the BBC
- Web accessibility: Wikipedia
- Introduction to web accessibility: Worldwide Web Consortium. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the definitive resource as they set the standards for the whole web across the world, however some of the advice they have is now a bit dated (a lot was written around 2005).
- Chromevox. Chromevox is a free screenreader extension you can download for the Google Chrome browser
- Microsoft Edge. Ease of Access.
- Internet Explorer Ease of Access options. Ways of customising Internet Explorer to improve accessibility.
- Accessibility Features in Firefox. Accessibility features for the Firefox browser.
- Apple Mac assistive technology. Ways of customising Apple Macs and Safari to improve accessibility.
- Windows 10. If you use Windows 10 there are a number of built in accessibility facilities: go to the Start Menu (Bottom left corner of your screen) and scroll down to Windows Ease of Access. See more on: Microsoft.com Accessibility (Windows)