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Midleton Wheelchair Friendly Bench Project

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Cork County

Programme: Cork County

WHO Theme: Outdoor Spaces And Buildings

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Staying Connected

Funding Stream: Local AF Programme Funding, Project ACT - reopening of towns

Resources Required: Community Support, Financial, Volunteer Staff

Cost: 1000-5000

Description

LIz Maddox, PRO of Cork County OPC had a vision for Midleton – a locally crafted bench that would be an oasis of rest and practicality for all. Wheelchairs and Buggys able to tuck to the table and join the chat or the picnic. Project ACT came on board with The Town Teams Committee, Midleton Support Team and Cork County Age Friendly to make the vision a reality.

Aim of Initiative

Inclusive for all including wheelchair users and buggys. Enabling everyone to ”join the table” and not have to tuck in at the side or sit at arms length at the bench…. Sitting at the bench is now similar experience for all – wheelchairs or not.

Who is it aimed at

Inclusive for all including wheelchair users and buggys. Enabling everyone to ”join the table” and not have to tuck in at the side or sit at arms length at the bench…. Sitting at the bench is now similar experience for all – wheelchairs or not.

Steps critical to success

  1. Funding
  2. Committment of local volunteers to complete the project.
  3. Allocation of a suitable space in the town.

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Getting the design of the bench correct
  2. Getting the location of the bench correct
  3. Finding the right craftsperson

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. outdoor, social resource within the town to picnic, rest, chat.
  2. inclusive for all – whether in a buggy or a wheelchair
  3. socially distant opportunity in the town to meet up

Contact:
Liz Maddox, Chair of Cork County OPC, Cork County OPC/Cork County Age Friendly Programme, agefriendly@corkcoco.ie