Rob Finch is editor of the award-winning Carers Direct website (www.nhs.uk/carersdirect) which is part of the national information service for carers, alongside the free Carers Direct helpline - 0808 802 0202. Carers Direct provides all the information that a carer could need to help themselves, and the person they care for live their lives to the full. As a journalist with a decades experience writing about health and social care, he has gained invaluable insight into what works and what doesn't work for the public and for health and social care professionals.
The award winning Horniman Museum
and Wicken Fen
Ever travelled for hours, only to find that your destination has a tricky flight of steps to
negotiate? Ever been disappointed with signage, interactivity, or cost of a popular
These are common enough problems for us all, but are particularly hard to bear for
many disabled people, their families or carers to encounter. That's one of the reasons
why all carers, careworkers and healthcare professionals should get hold of a copy of
the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain.
The Guide is not just about helping people in wheelchairs find places that have
accessible loos. If your're looking after someone, you might not have the money to
splash out on activities. Luckily, the Guide can tell you what's free, and where you can
get discounts on entry to some of Britain's top attractions
If you’re lacking inspiration for what to do, the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain can help. Through its Accessible Britain Awards, the Guide recommends many excellent locations for a day out, including my personal favourite, the free Horniman Museum in South London. From the thrill of speed at the Manchester Velodrome to the relaxed environment of Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, the Guide is sure to have something for everyone.
The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is not just about getting out and about. It’s all about getting the right venue for the right activity. Because it's reviewed by disabled people, who've adventured, enjoyed, and let’s be honest, braved, every inch of the UK, you can be sure that you, or the person you’re caring for, can have the best day.
One of the best things about the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is that it’s available free to those who would most
benefit from it. It doesn’t cost a penny for anyone with a Blue Badge parking permit or a Disabled Persons Railcard.
You can order a copy of the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain online, or you can phone
0800 953 7070 and ask to be sent a copy, including large print and Braille versions
if you prefer.
If you are visually impaired you might prefer to have an audio version of the Guide which
is available to download as a free MP3 - a great addition to anyone’s iPod.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a Blue Badge or Railcard – you can still get a copy of
the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain for £6.99 – about half the price of most travel guides.
If you know people who may benefit from the Guide, or you work with disabled people or carers, you could help promote it. You can get complimentary copies of the Guide, leaflets and posters to promote the Guide at your school, club, day centre, doctor’s surgery or workplace notice board, simply by emailing email@example.com with your name and contact details.
The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is built on feedback from the experience of visitors and so too is their website. On the Accessible Guide website you will find a ‘Visitor reviews’ section where people share their experiences – be they good or bad – about places they have visited. If you have visited somewhere brilliant that you’d like to tell others about, you can submit a review online.
Don’t forget, there are many other great sources of information if you want to help people get around, from DisabledGo which offers information on everything accessible in life, including places to go; through to Tourism For All which can tell you what you need to know about having a holiday in the UK or abroad.