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Ashgate Hospice > Accessible entrance and courtyard officially opened at hospice

Last week, we celebrated the official opening of our new accessible entrance and courtyard. The aim of the project was to create equitable access for those with physical disabilities to our counselling, social working support, onsite café, and training facilities.

Taking the step of accessing care and support from a hospice can be daunting for people, and we want to make sure there are as few barriers as possible – physical or otherwise. From the moment people arrive at Ashgate, we want them to feel welcome, seen and valued; and the accessible entrance and courtyard plays a vital role in this.

The new entrance gives direct and independent access to all. Our patients and their loved ones can all now enter our building in dignity and comfort, enabling them to reserve their energy and focus for getting the support they need; and the lovely courtyard can be enjoyed by everyone who visits and works at Ashgate Hospice.

Before...

Old courtyard at Ashgate Hospice.
Old entrance with restricted entry at Ashgate Hospice.
Old courtyard at Ashgate Hospice.
Old courtyard at Ashgate Hospice.

After...

Accessible entrance and automatic doors at Ashgate Hospice.
Courtyard at Ashgate Hospice with tables and chairs and a pained mural of flowers and bees.
Courtyard at Ashgate Hospice with tables and chairs.

Liz Allam, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Lead at Ashgate Hospice, said:

The accessible entrance at Ashgate makes an important and highly visible statement about our values of being inclusive and open to all.  Taking the step of accessing care and support from a hospice can be daunting for people, and we want to make sure there are as few barriers as possible – physical or otherwise.

From the moment people arrive in our car park at Ashgate, we want them to feel welcome, seen and valued; and the accessible entrance plays a vital role in this. Our patients, their loved ones, staff, volunteers and local community can all now can enter our building in dignity and comfort, enabling them to reserve their energy and focus for getting the support they need.

We are incredibly grateful to all those who supported our new entrance and courtyard refurbishment project, including:

 

  • CRASH Charity
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Hobson Charity
  • Edward Gostling Foundation
  • Arnold Clark Community Fund
  • February Foundation
  • Zachary Merton and George Woofinden Convalescence Trust
  • Harry Bottom Charitable Trust
  • The Welcome Club
  • CLoSE UK Ltd
  • WMA Architects
  • Fallow Design
  • Gary Fletcher Surfacing
  • PK Group
  • Derbyshire Building Control Partnership
  • Altida Crane
  • Forbo Flooring Systems
  • Elle Koziupa – Artist
  • Terry Lee Associates (Structural Engineer)
  • Designer Contracts
  • Markovitz
  • Bradders Nursery

 

Read more about our equality, diversity and inclusion commitments.