Winchester Area Access for All (WAAFA) : E-newsletter Issue 2
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Winchester Area Access for All (WAAFA)

Welcome to WAAFA's E-newsletter!

Winchester Area Access For All (WAAFA) is a forum dedicated to improving access and conditions for vulnerable people and those with disability in and around Winchester, Hampshire, UK.

This is our E-newsletter highlighting what the forum has been covering over recent months and advertising any relevant events or information. If you would like to add anything to this E-newsletter, please email:

Winchester Good Accessibility Awards
The Winchester Good Accessibility Awards Scheme was a great success.

A ceremony was held on Tuesday 11 March 2014 where the Mayor of Winchester, Ernie Jeffs and Mr Keith Hatter, Chair awarded the winners with their window badges and certificates. We would like to express our thanks to the Mayor and Mayoress for their hospitality.

The Gold was awarded to Clarks.

Silver was awarded to 3Store, Barclays, Boots, Ernest Jones, Halifax, Holland & Barrett, HSBC, Jack Wills, Jigsaw, Lloyds TSB, Moss Bross, Phase Eight, Santander, Shoon, Superdrug and Whittard.

Bronze was awarded to Bellis, Caracoli, Debenhams, HMV, Hotter, LK Bennett, Montezuma, Nationwide, Starbucks, Thornton’s and Vodafone.

The badges can now be seen in some of the windows in Winchester High Street.

Mayor, Ernie Jeffs and Clarks Gold Award        Mayor, Ernie Jeffs and Keith Hatter, Chair
WAAFA is now looking to extend the Good Accessibility Scheme throughout the Winchester City Centre.
Interview with Clarks - Gold

How do you feel having won the award?
It’s amazing, really brilliant.

What adjustments do you currently have in place for accessibility?
All of our unitary for instance is on wheels, so we can move them around if necessary to make sure there’s enough space.  

What future adjustments will be made, having received the information provided by WAAFA?
Not any that I am aware for the time being.

Interview with Phase Eight – Silver

How do you feel having won the award?
Really pleased to have won the award, it’s good that we’ve recognised we’re moving in the right direction to include everyone in our store.

What adjustments do you currently have in place for accessibility?
We’ve got a fitting room that has the turning circle for the wheelchair, we have an iPad so that people can shop our whole collection if they can’t make it upstairs and making sure there’s plenty of room around the fixtures.

What future adjustments will be made, having received the information provided by WAAFA?
There won’t be further adjustments, for the time being.
Interview with Caracoli
Bronze Award

How do you feel having won the award?
We feel really proud about it, considering the space that we got, it’s not exactly huge, and we have done really well.
What adjustments do you currently have in place for accessibility?
We just try and go out of our way; move stools out the way making sure that pushchairs and wheelchairs and everybody can come in and out and going out of our way for customer service.  We have a little bit in our staff training, at the minute it’s down to common sense and putting our best out there.

What future adjustments will be made, having received the information provided by WAAFA?
At this precise moment, we are not sure, the information has been sent to the manager who is working on the layout for a new store in Fareham and hopes to incorporate the feedback and information provided.

Interview with Moss Bross  - Silver Award
How do you feel having won the award?
Excellent, it’s a great achievement.  Moss Bross as a whole was very proud of that.  Our designers did well with the front of the store, because that was a bit of a challenge for them. So really pleased with the way the stores gone in comparison to what we had previously.
What adjustments do you currently have in place for accessibility?
We have had a ramp built in and an element of accessibility is covered in our staff training under health and safety. We are aware obviously that it is quite tight and we are always at hand to help anybody.

What future adjustments will be made, having received the information provided by WAAFA?
The information has gone up, so they are reviewing that currently, actually. It may not happen here immediately, but where the group is expanding and redeveloping some of their older stores they will actually look at that and when they are planning for their new stores layouts that will be incorporated into that new system.  This structure here is pretty much set-in, the only thing we really can do is move rails around and things like that, but actual entrances and things like that for accessibility will go into planning for future store developments.  We were very pleased to receive the award, and have the picture in the company magazine this month. It is nice to be recognised and we are very pleased with it.
In the months ahead WAAFA will be needing volunteers to complete access awards surveys for shops/businesses in Winchester City Centre.  If you feel you are able to help, please contact for a copy of the Questionnaire Survey to be emailed to you. Alternatively hard copies can be picked up from Winchester Shopmobility in the Brooks Shopping Centre, Upper Parking, Winchester.
Parability was originally launched on 5 May 2012 by Chris Hall a Basingstoke resident who has a disability himself.  Parability has two main aims:

* To encourage people to do their best to remain as fit, active and independent as possible.
* To help build a society of a united human race without division and where we all help each other.

With the help of local Basingstoke businessman Paul Midgley of Drum runners Parability was soon established on both Facebook and Twitter.  Parability’s main Facebook page is our page which we post national and international news posts, many of which relate to topics of concern to older and disabled people.  Our other social media account which contains national and international news is, the hope is that by informing people of everything from medical research, benefit news, government reforms etc on these sites it gives people the opportunity to collectively express the opinion.  

Parability’s founder believes that one of the most import ways of making change is to lead by example and therefore you will regularly see him training at the Hampshire Wheelchair Racing Group which is based at Winchester Sports Stadium.

In the last 2 and a half years our founder has done 4 races with the Hampshire Wheelchair Racing Group, 2 200m races at Basingstoke and a 100m and 200m race in Southampton.

In the last year Parability has been doing a lot of networking locally.  We are now partnership working with South Ham Direct which is a group concerned with the local neighbourhood plan for the South Ham ward in Basingstoke.   As well as this we work with students from the Cafe Project.

We have also been working with Kings Furlong Junior School in Basingstoke.  More recently we have started our first activity and social group providing a light exercise and craft groups which also allows us to work with the Cafe Project (which provide work based skills in catering for people with learning difficulties) by providing one of their students with an experience of working outside of the Cafe Project as part of helping them prepare for a work environment and helping them socialise.  The light exercises are provided by a qualified coach who also trains with our founder at the Hampshire Wheelchair Racing Group.

Parability also has connections with Shaw Trust, Spectrum Centre for Independent Living, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Saint Andrews Church in South Ham, Basingstoke.

Following a recent discussion with one of our local councillors we are now starting to look at ways of spreading our wings outside the Basingstoke area and getting contacts within the county council.  Parability has no barriers be it geographic, age, ability etc.  We already have global followers on social media and now we are aiming to increase our visual presence.

Our founder will do talks on Parability for expenses only although any donations are gratefully received and he has done an assembly for Kings Furlong Junior School and a talk for Westside Seniors.
Parability is funded almost entirely by donations and whilst we do receive some grant funding it is minimal.  Everyone who works for Parability does so on a voluntary basis, even our founder receives no payment for his work.

A full photographic library is available at  Parability hopes to soon have its website back on but it can be currently viewed at  
If you have any queries including wanting to volunteer or you would like our founder to give a talk please contact Chris Hall either by e-mail or telephone 07982 925709.
Have you heard about Changing Places Toilets?
Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets with extra features and more space to support people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as other serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury.
These individuals often need extra facilities to allow them to use the toilets comfortably and with greater independence and dignity.
You can visit the national campaign website at to see where Changing Places are located around the country or simply to find out more.

The future development of Silver Hill (the proposed large redevelopment between The Broadway and Friarsgate) would provide and ideal opportunity for a changing place to be incorporated and thus provide one for central Winchester.

If you want to know why Changing Places are needed, how they can benefit local communities and businesses there is a document produced by Hampshire Adult Services 'Changing Places Toilets Information for Planners'.  You can email to request a copy of this document.
Hampshire Riding Therapy Centre
Helping People with Lifetime Conditions

* Fully Trained Instructors
* Wheelchair access
* Safety equipment
* Registered Charity
* Riding school for able bodied

Hampshire Riding Therapy Centre is a registered charity dedicated to the provision of riding tuition and therapy to adults and children with all kinds of disabilities and special needs. It has long been recognised that horse riding provides valuable therapy and self confidence for people from all walks of live whatever their need is.

Our highly trained staff are on-hand to assist both riders and carers and ensure that their riding experience is a safe and pleasurable one. A great deal of satisfaction and sense of achievement can be gained from horse riding as well as skills and experience that benefit the individual when not riding.

What We Offer
* Private lessons, semi private, triple and group lessons
* Walk-Outs
* Jump Lessons
* Specialist lessons from BHSI Aart Noordijk
* Fast track lessons (20 minute lessons designed for beginners)
* Ladies Hour
* Hacks
* Pub rides
* Corporate
* Birthday Parties
* Stable Management
* Day Courses
* Saddle club
* School Hire
* Livery

Contact Us:

Hampshire Riding Therapy Centre Ltd
Morelands Copse Farm
Hensting Lane
Fisher’s Pond
Hampshire SO50 7HH



01962 777714
Blue Apple Theatre
Blue Apple Theatre is a highly ambitious theatre company which brings all the benefits of taking part in theatre to performers who have learning disabilities and enables them to present high quality productions to the widest possible audience in a variety of large and small scale productions, touring theatre and film.
Tales from the Arabian Nights
26 - 28 June 2014
Theatre Royal Winchester
Box Office: 01962 840 440
It's wedding night in the palace of King Shahrayar. By morning, the new queen, Sheherezade, is to be put to death like a thousand young brides before her. She has the one gift that can save her: the gift of storytelling.

With a mischievous imagination and silver tongue, Queen Sheherezade paints a dazzling array of stories and characters, summoned forth from strange and magical worlds populated by giant beasts, singing trees and crafty thieves. Can the power of storytelling save her life?

Blue Apple Theatre’s full company proudly present their own re-telling in an adaptation of Dominic Cooke’s version for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

And in other news...
Hampshire mum Alex Loskot is inspired by her disabled daughter Sophia to open a specialist facility, Sophia's House. Read the full article here by the Daily Echo.

Blind dressage rider aiming for Rio 2016.

Verity Smith's amibition to ride in the next Olympics. Read the full article from Horse & Country TV, click here.
WAAFA  Meeting Dates 2014

Thursday, 19 June 2014
@ The Colebrook Centre, Colebrook Street, Winchester
(Volvo Room)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014
@ Ashburton Hall, Queen Elizabeth II Court, The Castle, Winchester
(Mountbatten Room)

Meetings start at 2pm.

Future meetings to be confirmed.

For any items for the Agenda or to be circulated the minutes of the meeting to,
please email

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