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Appeal to help families reunite


A Leicestershire-based charity supporting people with sight loss is appealing for corporate funding to buy Perspex screens that will allow visitors to meet care home residents. Vista requires funding and


sponsorship to purchase four screens – which cost £2,350 plus VAT each – for each of its care homes in Leicestershire and Rutland. The organisation has


promoted eye health and worked with hospitals, care homes and schools to reduce the impact of sight loss for 160 years. Vista chief executive Susan Hoath said: “Reuniting our residents with friends and family is an important step forward into our ‘new normal’. “We are therefore seeking


funding to arrange private visitations so residents can reconnect with loved ones.”


Any business that wants to help can email amanda.mcfarlane@vistablind. org.uk


Access Rating users can rate venues for disability access


More than 500 users have signed up to an app created by a social enterprise to tackle the day-to-day challenges faced by disabled people and their families. Access Rating was founded by three friends who had


experienced first-hand the difficulty of finding employment as young disabled people. Launched in February 2020, the app allows users to


rate venues across the UK, based on the ease of door access, suitable floor space, level access, and adequate toilets and parking. It also shares the accessibility ratings with venues, along with an audit for any improvements required. The team set up the social enterprise with three goals – to create an app, facilitate job coaching at


special educational needs and disability schools, and provide disabled access audits to businesses. A survey by Purple Pound found that by ignoring the


needs of disabled people, businesses could potentially lose out on around £2bn a month. The app therefore gives the reassurance to users that a venue is suitable in advance of a trip. The social enterprise has ambitious plans to grow


this to 100,000 users by 2021. Access Rating CEO Mark Esho said : “We are


currently in the process of setting up a crowdfunding campaign to secure the necessary finance to fund future app updates, PR and marketing. With the extra funding, we plan to add more venues such as gyms, and sports and music arenas.”


App that tackles accessibility hits user milestone


14 business networkOctober 2020


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