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Recently Fenetic Wellbeing kindly offered to pay for me to go on a day out in my home town, York. This was part of an exciting campaign called #FeneticChallenge – a challenge to go out in York and see how disability friendly my city is. I was gifted a £20 high-street voucher, a £20 cinema voucher and a £20 restaurant voucher to take part in this campaign. I invited my boyfriend Kiel to come along with me for the day out.
The reason I really wanted to take part in this campaign is because I grew up with my two disabled nephews, who are like my brothers. Unfortunately Luke passed away from sepsis during my final year of university, but I’m always looking to raise awareness of disabilities and disabled access when possible.
At each venue I had a check list from Fenetic Wellbeing of things to look out for, such as whether there were disabled toilets and if they were easily accessible for a wheelchair. The equality act states that shops have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to help with accessibility, so I expected not to see many issues in certain places.
City – York
Most pavements in York city centre are quite smooth and easily accessible. Some of the old streets are cobbled which may be quite a challenge for those who have disabilities.
The bus service in York is also wheelchair friendly, as the drivers can lower the bus down so that a wheelchair can get on board.
Cinema – Vue
At Vue cinema, York the building is actually very accessible. I was surprised how accessible it actually is. There is plenty of disabled parking available and automatic doors in the entrance of the cinema, which is always useful. It is also a well sign posted cinema in regards to disability signage.
Restaurant – Zizzi
When choosing a place to eat, we can be a little indecisive. We finally decided on Zizzi as neither of us had been to one of their restaurants before. Plus, it’s always nice to try something new. Zizzi is an Italian style restaurant, with quirky decor inside. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available which is great. When I first walked inside, I realised the tables were a little too close together, a wheelchair would struggle to get around the restaurant. Disabled toilets are available and are situated in the main restaurant close to the kitchen.
I headed to Argos for my shopping as I needed a new duvet. Luckily I spotted this beautiful duvet and it was less than £17, so I also bought myself the DVD of one of my favourite films from when I was a child. I’m so pleased with my purchases. This Argos store was very accessible, with disabled parking which was easy to spot. Specific counters and kiosks were lower down, which is great to see.
Due to growing up with my nephews having a disability, I usually think about how wheelchair friendly a place is no matter where I go.
I had a lovely day out, it was nice planning a day out full of wonderful treats. Thank you so much to Fenetic Wellbeing for paying for the day out, it was such fun. I’ve really enjoyed taking part in this campaign, plus I love the idea of helping to raise awareness in regards to accessibility.
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I'm Louise, a 28 year old blogger living in York. I'm a freelance blogger and Teaching Assistant. This is my corner of the internet, in which I cover topics such as mental health, travel, fashion, lifestyle and so much more!
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