Frequently Asked Questions - Disability and Inclusion
What is the Equality Act?
From 1st October 2010, the Equality Act replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act. The Act is in place to protect the legal rights of people with disabilities and to stop them from being discriminated against due to their disability in the areas of:
- access to goods, services and facilities including larger private clubs and land based transport services
- buying and renting land or property
- functions of public bodies, for example the issuing of licences
I want to make my group available to everyone who wants to use it. What do I need to think about?
You'll need to check that the group is accessible for people with disabilities, for those from different backgrounds and cultures and people whose first language is not English. Momentum's Inclusion Kit has an access checklist for you to work through to check if people with disabilities can get in to your building, use the facilities, get involved with activities etc. You can then use the resources in the Kit to help you make any changes necessary to ensure everyone can access your group. We can help you with this and help you make sure your policies, procedures and information include everyone. We can also signpost you to organisations who can help you welcome people from different backgrounds and cultures.
I want to run a little club just for people like me. Am I discriminating if I do that?
The Equality Act does make it against the law for clubs which are for everyone to treat some members and guests unfairly. But they do recognise that it's good for some groups of people to have their own places where they can meet and enjoy themselves. That is why the Equality Act does not stop women-only and men-only clubs, or clubs for people who share a characteristic like their age or their religion or belief, like an over-60s club.
Does it cost a lot to make our venue accessible?
Often you only need to make small changes to make your venue more accessible. These might be buying a ramp, changing door handles or putting up more signs. For slightly bigger alterations, you may need more substantial funding and grants are sometimes available to help you with this. Check out the funding section on this website or contact us at the office for more information. If you rent your venue, you'll need to talk to the landlord about making it more accessible. If you own the building, it is your responsibility to make it as accessible as possible.
I want to make sure my group is offering what the young people want. How can I do this?
Ask them! There's all sorts of different ways of finding out if the young people are having a positive experience when they come to your group, such as asking them face to face, by email, video, post it notes, opinion cards, games etc. It'll help you find out if they enjoy their time at your group and if they think the day or time is suitable, activities are appropriate for their age etc. The Activity and Inclusion Kits have ideas to help you ask the people using your group what they want.
How can I promote my group to more people?
Think about who you want to come along to your group and then ask yourself where you can find those people. There's loads of ways of getting the message out there - website, posters, radio, presentations, open days, information events etc. You can also tell all the local groups in your area about what you offer and ask them to pass it on. Be positive and creative!
Where can I find out more about disability?
The Inclusion Kit has some information about disability and contact details of local groups supporting people with disabilities. You can also look at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Pages/hub.aspx
Where can I get some training to help me understand more about disability and access?
Check out our events and training calendar under the Our Services section of our website. Contact us if there's something you need that isn't listed.