Following a successful pilot in 2017 the Inclusive Towns project will continue to work with rural towns within The City of Greater Bendigo as well as the Loddon Shire Council, and this year it will roll out into Mount Alexander Shire, funded by the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building National Readiness grants.
Inclusive Towns aims to increase the accessibility of local businesses in three key areas:
- Inclusive communication
- Physical environment
- Disability awareness
In 2018 Inclusive Towns will continue to work with Eaglehawk, Inglewood and Bridgewater and will expand to include Maldon, Kangaroo Flat, and Boort
Improving the accessibility of local businesses benefits everyone, especially people with a disability, parents with prams, people with English as a second language and older residents.
Every person with a disability is a potential customer. People with a disability can be loyal customers to establishments that cater for their needs, which can mean more sales for local businesses. Diversifying and expanding businesses’ workforce and customer base is a smart business approach.
What does the project involve?
The City of Greater Bendigo has employed six support officers with a lived experience of disability. This team will work with business operators to help them understand that inclusion goes beyond addressing physical access. Together they will identifying a variety of simple changes which can be made to ensure their business is welcoming to people with a disability
Participating businesses will receive three visits from the Inclusive Towns team:
Visit 1: How accessible is your business?
Visit 2: Let’s develop your action plan!
Visit 3: Action plan review
If you would like more information or are interested in the team visiting your town or business please contact the team at [email protected]