Great inspiration for accessible days out may begin with the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, but it certainly doesn’t end there. We’ve scoured the country to find even more people and organisations to share great ideas and advice to make getting out and about easier to plan and enjoy. From tourism professionals, to disability experts, and even Rough Guide to Accessible Britain fans who simply have fun experiences to share, the Days Out Blog is regularly updated and includes news and updates that we hope you’ll find inspiring, entertaining and useful. We hope that the Days Out Blog encourages more people get out and about and enjoy the many fantastic, accessible attractions throughout the UK.
We often hear from carers about the importance of getting out and about. Accessing leisure activities, whether it’s with the person being cared for, or as respite from caring responsibilities, is crucial because it improves physical and mental wellbeing and reduces isolation. But, for carers, something supposedly straightforward can be far from easy to arrange. Lots of factors, including cost and accessibility, need to be considered. But the benefits of getting out are often worth the hurdles along the way.
Planning ahead is essential. When you’ve decided where you’d like to go, check out the website, or call in advance. Ask about facilities and discounts. Do they offer carers free admittance? Do they have wheelchair access? Where can the parking for disabled visitors be found? Making a list of essential things to ask can be helpful. Sometimes a quick call can be the best way to find out more; there may be great tips on the quieter times to visit, and when to avoid!
Taking what you need on the day may seem obvious: picnic blanket – check. Copious supplies of orange squash and egg sandwiches – check! But what about essential medication? And a Blue Badge for parking? It’s also worth bearing in mind that lots of venues, whilst admitting carers at a discounted price, may ask for evidence – so take along a photocopy of proof of disability, maybe a benefits letter, or one from a doctor. Some local carers’ services offer carer’s cards, which can be a helpful way of showing you are a carer.
Find your nearest carers’ service here, and get in touch; they may be able to help with other things, including accessing respite and arranging a carer’s assessment.
Carers Trust has some helpful information on Days Out Together here.
Carers Trust is a charity for, with and about carers. It works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
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