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TRAINING TM The Awarding Organisation of Choice e-learning tool boosts accessible tourism


A new online training programme has been set up to help Scotland’s hotels, visitor attractions, pubs and restaurants better cater for the requirements of people with access needs during this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Scottish minister for tourism


Fergus Ewing officially launched the first phase of the e-learning Accessible Tourism Course during a visit to Glasgow this week. With just a month to go until the Games, VisitScotland and its partners believe the programme will ensure all visi- tors to the city, regardless of their access needs, feel very welcome. Available free of charge, the initia-


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Minister for tourism Fergus Ewing (leſt ) launches the scheme


tive will be open to all Scottish businesses and is intended to make sites more user friendly for those with physical, sensory or learning disabilities, elderly visitors and parents with small children. Ryder Cup Europe has already agreed to use the course as part of its customer service training for marshalls and access bud- dies ahead of the global event taking place this September at Gleneagles Golf Course. As well as promoting good practice, the


training, which is split into four catego- ries – accommodation, visitor attractions,


restaurants and catering, and pubs and bars – will provide users with a better understanding of the requirements of this growing market. Accessible tourism was recently valued at


more than £370m to the Scottish economy, an increase of £37m since 2009. T e rise demon- strates the huge potential economic benefi ts – to hundreds of businesses and services across the country – of catering for this market. Tourism minister Fergus Ewing said the


scheme ensures Glasgow businesses can cater for all visitors. Details: http://lei.sr?a=d6P3T


New recruits aid youth outreach effort


Oldham Community Leisure (OCL) has appointed two new health and physical activity development offi - cers to work within their health and wellbeing team. T e offi cers will be tasked with operating two of OCL’s busy public outreach schemes. Julie Hilditch has been appointed


to manage the Kids Active Zone. In April 2014, OCL launched the


new junior exercise referral scheme, where Oldham children registering a “very overweight” reading in the national measurement scheme, are off ered free or heavily-subsidised member- ships to local leisure centres and gyms. Hilditch has worked at OCL for more than


Peter Wolstenholme will assist OCL’s in-house GP referral scheme


20 years as a swimming instructor. She also has two decades’ experience as a health and social care worker within the NHS, so is well placed to provide considered oversight. Peter Wolstenholme is the fi rst full time offi -


cer of OCL’s in-house GP referral scheme and has been appointed due to an increase in refer- rals. T e exercise referral scheme works with 17 GP surgeries off ering support to patients


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with various medical conditions. Once they’ve been referred on to the scheme, they receive a consultation, health check and personalised 12-week plan, giving them access to a wide range of subsidised physical activities. Peter Wolstenholme is a qualified gym


instructor and personal trainer and has worked at OCL for more than five years as a fitness team leader and class instruc- tor. He also holds the Level 3 Wright Foundation GP Referral qualification. Details: http://lei.sr?a=P4G9d


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