Accessible Hackney Nights Out for Less

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Accessible Hackney Nights Out for Less

Suzanne Noble By Suzanne Noble

We want to make great, cheap nights out in Hackney available to anyone with accessibility issues by integrating the new EU accessibility symbols into a free events discovery app and website.

Hackney Idea stage

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Barriers in public environments constantly prevent mobility-impaired people from free movement and participation. A narrow doorway here, a step there – that’s all it takes. To make things worse, information on the accessibility of public places is poorly available. That's where Frugl, the events discovery app comes in.

We want to help traders and community groups to embrace digital technology by mapping the area's entertainment and food/drink venues for accessibility whereby anyone using Frugl will immediately be able to see, in Hackney, what's going on and if wheelchair friendly. This could be a live music night, a comedy event, sample sale, even food and drink offers.

We know that people with disabilities like having fun too and often have limited funds to enjoy themselves as well as all their other difficulties. We want to change that by giving them an easy way to discover things to do around them that are free or low cost and easily accessible. We will use Hackney as a pilot.

What we'll deliver:

  • Map Hackney's venues, food and drink establishments for accessibility
  • Approach Hackney's traders, community groups and local event promoters and encourage them to list their events on Frugl
  • Market the initiative to relevant community groups and health services in Hackney
  • Hold a launch event such as a wheelchair friendly comedy night with able bodied people standing at the back

Why it's a great idea:

We believe that people with accessibility issues should not be excluded from having fun. We also know from 6 months of having a live app that 75% of Frugl's current content is based in Hackney and that the Borough has become the man area for anyone aged 16-34 years looking for things to do on a budget. We believe that these activities should be available to as wide a range of people as people but that traders and event promoters lack access to the marketing tools which would enable them to reach anyone but able bodied people. Time Out and other sites and Apps do not list venues by accessibility. We believe that we can fill a much needed gap by helping people to get out more and enjoy themselves for less. We have been fantastically encouraged by Duncan Ray, the Shoreditch Town manager, who uses Frugl himself and supports our idea.

Steps to get it done:

  • The idea requires us to modify our existing app and website
  • We will require a small 2 person street team to help map out Hackney venues for accessibility
  • We will work with a local venue and local event promoter to create the launch event
  • We will work with local community groups and the local media to publicise the app and website when it has been modified

Location Hackney

Hackney has 98 other projects and £1,075,000 in potential grant funding

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