Accessibility

Birmingham Against the Cuts recognises that our world accomodates some people’s needs whilst putting barriers in the way of others.
We recognise the need to include all people in the struggle against the cuts and austerity, as we are all in it together. Furthermore we must seek not to replicate the structures which put barriers in the way of people participating in society. To that end, we are committed to making our events, be they protests or meetings, as broadly accessible as possible, given the financial and resource-constraints we have.

We will strive to provide accessibility information for every event and meeting that we hold, and to accomodate any needs that arise. These include needs around mobility and communication as well as striving to maintain anti-racist, queer and trans positive, anti-ablist, anti-sexist space. As we are, indeed, all in this together, any skills, ideas, or resources that you can offer to help make our work more accessible is really appreciated.

General Accessibility information, and information for regular events is here. Information for one-off events will be provided with those events, but please contact us if you cannot find it as it means we’ve failed to add a link somewhere.

Planning Meetings at Unison Offices

Our open planning meetings are usually held at Unison Offices, 19th Floor, McClaren Tower, Priory Queensway.
The building is fully accessible, with accessible toilet on the 19th floor.

The building is just off Moor Street Queensway, and close to Corporation street, where many buses drop off in the city centre.
It is approx 300 metres from Moor Street Station, 1/2 mile from New Street Station and 1 mile from Snow Hill Station.

Children are welcome at our meetings, but we cannot provide a creche service.

General Accessibility Information

We don’t currently have any funding, but if you can’t afford to come to a meeting or demo due to transport costs, please get in touch and we will try to arrange something.

Accompaniment/buddies

If you need someone to meet you at a train or bus stop, and head over with you to protest and/or a buddy during the event (to navigate spaces, to help push your chair, or for any other reasons) please be in touch with as much notice as possible, and we will make arrangements that suit your needs. Where needed, we’ll try to arrange one-to-one buddies, but we may need to team up.

Interpretation/translation
We do not currently have any interpreters or translators set up. If you need BSL interpretation or lip-reading support (i.e. someone to repeat what is spoken in order for you to lipread) please be in touch as soon as possible and we will do our best to set something up.

If you or someone you know needs translation to or from languages other than English, please be in touch and we will do our best to find someone.

Children
We welcome children and families at our demonstrations. Though the protests are low-risk and meant to be child-friendly, there is always some risk when attending a protest, however it should be easy enough to leave with children as needed.
The meetings are all open to children. Please be in touch if you would like some help with on-site child care and we can ask for volunteers to play with kids during the meeting, to give you an extra set of eyes and allow you to focus more on the meeting or action, if you’d like.

Other needs

If you have needs, such as other communication support, allergies or anything else please let us know and we will work with you to accommodate those needs as possible. Out of respect for people who might have allergies or environmental sensitivities, please consider refraining from using heavily scented soaps or perfumes when coming to the meetings.

Call-Out For Accessibility Volunteers

Unlike the government, we are not forcing people to volunteer in order to live. However, we are really hoping that people with skills, time and energy, could share some of that to help other folks be involved. In most cases, what we are asking of you can happen as you participate in the action or meeting, though in some cases, such as interpretation or child care, volunteering might limit your ability to participate directly, though of course it would allow someone else to participate more fully

People needed:

Buddies
– people might be needed to meet someone at a bus stop or train station, and head with them over to the site. Please let us know if you would be able to walk longer distances (+/- half-mile) and able to help push a wheelchair if needed.

BSL interpreters or speakers – Given our lack of money, anyone who can help with this would be appreciated. Where possible we would like to have trained interpreters, but if you are not, yet can communicate with BSL, please be in touch and perhaps you can offer a level of access otherwise not available.


Child care
– Though most actions and meetings are open to children, it can still be nice for parents to know there are one or two people dedicated to keeping their eyes on the children, and perhaps running some activities or games to keep the children engaged. If you would be willing to offer this, please get in touch.

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2 responses to “Accessibility

  1. steve

    the last meeting of Birmingham Against the Cuts was completely IN-accessible for us, who couldn’t even get past the front door at the bottom of 19th floor

  2. what is available for agoraphobics to access?

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