The Little E-book of Inclusion

Every few weeks I will be publishing a chapter of my “Little E-book of Inclusion”; hints and tips for everyone who wants to deliver more inclusive services and facilities.

I’m hosting this Little E-book of Inclusion online to help everyone out there who’s delivering services on a shoestring, particularly the charities and voluntary sector.

My last entry was all about assessing the accessibility of your business property. This chapter is all about finding accessible meeting places in London. I have chosen London because many people feel they are priced out of quality venues in the capital. I love London and want to share it with you.

Hosting an accessible event in the capital need not cost the earth.

Here are some London venues that I have personally used or booked myself and I have found them to be inclusive and welcoming spaces. If you are a charity or community group be sure to enquire about discount which many will give if you ask.

Before making a room booking you need to know about the access requirement of your delegates, please ask everyone attending what facilities they need to help them take part. For example, you will need to know if people are coming with an assistance dog so you can have a water bowl available. When booking rooms be sure to let the conference centre know in advance if you will want to use the hearing loops, some venues have portable systems.

Finally, these venues are only a tiny fraction of what London has to offer. Soon I will be writing about venues up and down the country, so if you know a great inclusive conference centre let me know more!

1. Shelter
88 Old Street,
London EC1V 9HU
Phone: 0344 5151155
Website:http://england.shelter.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/309814/Shelter_room_hire_leaflet_2013.pdf

2. The Salvation Army
Chalk Farm Corps
10-16 Haverstock Hill
London, NW3 2BL
Phone: 020 7485 1605
E-mail: chalk.farm.corps@salvationarmy.org.uk
Website: http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/lcn/Chalk_Farm

3. Arlington Conference Centre
220 Arlington Road
London NW1 7HE
Phone: 020 7428 1161
Email: enquiries@arlingtonconference.org.uk
Website: www.arlingtonconference.org.uk

4. Coin Street Conference Centre
108 Stamford Street
South Bank, London SE1 9NH
Phone: 020 7021 1600
Email: events@coinstreet.org
Website: http://www.coinstreet.org/images/coin-street-conference-centre/66-conferences-and-meetings.html

5. The Directory of Social Change
24 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2DP
Phone: 020 7391 4800 Website:http://www.dsc.org.uk/Services/CharityCentreVenueHire

6. Lambeth ACCORD
336 Brixton Road
London, SW9 7AA
Phone: 020 7274 2299
http://www.lambethaccord.org.uk/
Email: admin@lambethaccord.org.uk