£80k funding for Access Cornwall

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A Cornish community interest company (CIC) has won more than £80k in funding to help Cornwall’s tourist attractions and hospitality businesses become more accessible.

The new pot of funding from the European Social Fund (ESF), via the community led Local Development Programme, ensures Access Cornwall CIC can build on its successful programme of training, carried out since 2020.

The organisation shares accessibility information about Cornwall’s tourist and hospitality venues and trains individuals who live with disabilities and learning differences to gather and share that accessibility information. It has now worked with over 100 organisations around the Duchy, including St Austell Brewery, the Minack Theatre, Bosinver Farm Cottages and Looe Town Council.

“Within the last two years we’ve grown to become a team of 12 people with over 60 volunteers on our database,” said director Viki Carpenter. “We’ve been thrilled to find incredible talent within the community we are serving and we are also hugely impressed by businesses that are making enormous efforts to consider the needs of people with accessibility difficulties.”