To receive and note the minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 20 June 2018.
The minutes from the meeting of 20 June 2018 were approved as a correct record.
Matters arising from the minutes were:
Sam Wood updated the Group on the re-branding and usage of Disabled Go.
Disabled Go had been re-branded as AccessAble (accessable.co.uk or via the BFC website) with a new website and App. Users were able to search for venues such as coffee shops, restaurants and leisure sites and learn whether there was level access, the height of tables, whether the venue had background music, etc. Users could download the App and save their personal settings such as ‘needs level access’ so that future searches were intuitive to their needs.
Sam said the new website would be promoted, including on DORIS and a press release would be issued jointly with The Lexicon. Sam said she would check that a link for AccessAble would be on the Help Yourself website.
(Action: Sam to check link was on the Help Yourself website)
Sam said that the website had 1,254 users and the Access Guides had received 2,267 views with the average time spent on each page of 55 seconds. It was agreed that usage data would form part of all future updates.
Sam informed that it would be possible to add up to 10 new Access Guides to the website per year and asked the Group to advise her if they were aware of any venues which were not yet included.
The Group were advised that the Guides could only be accessed via the website and no printed versions were available.