There are a number of ways the Northern Beaches is becoming more accessible and inclusive than ever. Being inclusive is all about adapting the way that products and services are provided to suit the needs of the whole community.
Northern Beaches Inclusion Award
Do you know a local business that goes above and beyond to be inclusive and accessible?
Each year Council sponsors the Inclusion Award category of the Northern Beaches Local Business Awards. The Inclusion Award recognises businesses on the Northern Beaches that aim to accommodate the needs of all community members regardless of ability.
The Inclusion Award Winner and Runner Up are announced at the Northern Beaches Local Business Awards Gala Presentation Evening.
Anyone can nominate a business for the Inclusion Award, including customers, community members, businesses owners and staff. Self-nominations are also welcome.
The winner of the 2019 Inclusion Award is Cordony Hair.
The judges were extremely impressed with the dedication of Cordony Hair in serving its customers, which its staff have demonstrated over many years. Cordony go above and beyond in ensuring their services are accessible and inclusive, making physical, digital and procedural adjustments to ensure maximum customer comfort.
The 2019 Inclusion Award Runner Up is Plus Fitness Brookvale.
Plus Fitness Brookvale has made impressive strides in terms of making physical adjustments. Entrances, parking, toilets and showers are all fully accessible, and distress lanyards are available to call for help from staff for further peace of mind.
NSW Companion Card
The NSW Companion Card program enables people with a lifelong need for a high level of care to participate in events and activities in the community. Participants are entitled to a free extra ticket for their carer at participating venues or events.
To find out if you are eligible or to apply for the program, visit the NSW Companion Card website.
Businesses, organisations, venues and events can sign up to be affiliates of the program on the NSW Companion Card website. Affiliates issue a companion ticket to participants of the program at no charge, and in return are provided an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to social inclusion and tap into an underutilised market.
One in five Australians have some kind of disability, so making your business or service accessible is as good for businesses as it is for the community. There are a number of helpful resources available online to help your business or community group be more accessible and inclusive:
- Event Accessibility Checklist - Australian Network on Disability
- Creating Inclusive Communities: Business Toolkit - North West Alliance
- Dementia Friendly Community - Northern Beaches Dementia Alliance