A few months ago, the Tandridge Independent introduced you to both The Accessibility Project, and its founder: me! It’s a social enterprise invested in empowering our community to do and be better. To support those who may face struggles and difficulties, with a lower quality of life. To bring awareness to the complexities of accessibility and its barriers. To work to be a community that supports one another.
Since then, The Accessibility Project has gone from strength to strength. It has been at the forefront of the co-ordination effort and programme delivery for our Ukrainian guests, from English lessons and art as therapy, to the brilliant Ukraine and Tandridge Together! event in August, which saw over sixty Ukrainian guests, hosts and Tandridge residents meeting at Hurst Green Community Centre to celebrate heritage, culture, and share with each other. (We even received press coverage from the Sunday Times!)
Silver award winner
I have recently been spreading my wings: going from the small district of Tandridge to global success. I attended the Creative Conscience Awards, which celebrate students and graduates who are using design as a tool to change the world. In 2022, there were more than 6,000 submissions from 97 countries, and I received the silver award for social impact through service design. I feel pretty proud to receive this for the work The Accessibility Project is doing: an initiative that is invested in building up Tandridge to be a beautiful, caring, and accessible community.
Behind the scenes
This leads me to talk about some of the things that are going on behind the scenes. The Accessibility Project is working with local stakeholders to deliver a new youth service, working in collaboration to support our young people, building their confidence and self-esteem, and aiming to lower anti-social behaviour rates in the area. Other local initiatives The Accessibility Project supports, and is working to help provide, include the Community Fridge, accessible health and dental services, warm hubs for the winter, and much more.
Calling residents of Hurst Green!
Right now, the project needs your help. Your opinion. The Accessibility Project is promising to support – and make positive changes in – areas that need improving in our community. Therefore, if you live in Hurst Green, I am asking you to take just five minutes to fill in our survey, so we can see what YOU want to happen, and help make these ideas become a reality. Please scan the QR code to reach the survey.
If you would like to get involved in The Accessibility Project in any way, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Instagram: @accessibilityprojectuk.