About Us

STAND is an organisation designed so that disabled people use their expertise in their disability to help to make life better for all disabled people. Membership is free. Anyone or any organisation can ask for our help regarding access issues eg How can I make my shop, business or organisation more disabled friendly? All help and advice is free of charge but donations are welcome to help us to continue to help disabled people gain access to goods and services.

What have we achieved?

We won a lottery grant to get us started.

We did a photographic report of the access problems at UHNS and we have got;

Parking meters closer to disabled spaces,

Extra parking meters closer to disabled spaces

Extra disabled spaces located closer to the entrances,

Bins blocking access removed,

Parking fine repaid,

Extra hour for blue badge holders,

More wheelchairs,

Carried out an access audit with Healthwatch at UHNS A&E and received a commitment to carry out the work needed.

A greater understanding of the issues that affect disabled people.

We are presently working on a solution to solve the problem of wheelchair transfers.

In the City we have:

A new disabled friendly crossing in Stafford Street Hanley.

A new disabled car park for the museum.

A promise to retain Shopmobility. New premised are included in the new INTU shopping Centre

A reversal of a decision to close the disabled access from the disabled car park after 5pm at Meir Health Centre.

Winton House made disabled friendly for people attending PIPS

A promise from our new Council not to charge disabled people for parking on surface car parks in the next financial year.

We awarded ASDA the STAND trophy for the most disable friendly supermarket.

We met with Matthew Ellis and convinced him to get PCSOs to give out advisory notices prevent parking on pavements where it prevents people from using the pavement.

We convinced our local Mps to support the bill to ban pavement parking.

We have made suggestions to prevent the tripping hazzard in Tontine Street which will be carried out in the next financial year.

 

 

Present Work In Progress

We are working with the Council to improve disabled access at Carmountside.

Working with MPs and local companies to ensure that Blue Badge Bays are monitored.

Working with Middleport Pottery to improve disabled access.

Working with our local theatres to improve disabled access.

Working with Stoke Council to prevent abuse of Blue Badge Bays on Council car parks and on street bays.

Working with Health organisations to improve the complaints procedures.

Working to improve access to the Chiropody Service.

We welcome anyone who is interested in our work to join us.

For more information:

see our website www.stand-stoke.org.uk

Or ring our Chair John Beech 01782 612931

 

 

 

What have we achieved so far

We won a lottery grant to get us started.

We received a grant of £500 from Staffordshire foundation

We did a photographic report of the access problems at UHNS

A new disabled friendly crossing in Stafford Street Hanley which opened in Aug 2014.

A new disabled car park for the museum.

Winton House, the venue for PIPs made disabled friendly.

A promise to retain Shopmobility.

A promise that no town centre public toilets will close unless there is a disabled friendly alternative.

Disabled parking close to the entrance of the Business District.

A reversal of a decision to close the disabled access from the disabled car park after 5pm at Meir Health Centre.