Posted: Thu 18th Feb 2016

Improving access for all to our centres

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Feb 18th, 2016

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) runs visitor centres in some of Wales’ remotest and most beautiful locations. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Now it is reviewing how easy it is for everyone to access the centres and make the most of the events that are held there. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The review, carried out as part of NRWs Equalities work, will assess whether NRW provides fair and equal services and facilities for all – and how we can improve. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

NRW manages five visitor centres – near Merthyr Tydfil, Aberystwyth, Dolgellau and Machynlleth – all of which aim to help people of all abilities to enjoy the outdoors. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Rachel Parry, NRW’s Recreation Information Officer said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Fairness is at the heart of our values, however this is not about ‘treating everyone the same’ but recognising that everyone’s needs are met in different ways. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The assessment aims to find out how we can improve. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“For example, some sites may have easy access trails but information about them may be difficult to find. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We want to find out about physical access to our sites, trails and visitor centres and how people with ‘protected characteristics’ find out about what’s happening there.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

People can take part by filling in an on-line questionnaire or by applying to be part of a focus group about one of NRW’s five Visitor Centres: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre – 24 Feb – 10:00 – 13:00
Cadair Idris – To be held at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre 25 Feb – 10:00 – 13:00
Ynyslas Visitor Centre– 1 March – 10:00 – 13:00
Bwlch Nant yr Arian – To be held at Aberystwyth University, 1 – 2 March – 13:00 – 16:00
Garwnant Visitor Centre – 3 March -10:00 – 13:00 ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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