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The Guildford Access Group

Access Group winners banner 2017

Who we are

The Guildford Access Group was first established in 1978 at a time when there was almost no legislation protecting disabled people.

Its membership is completely voluntary and is made up of people with disabilities and anyone who is interested in improving access in their community. Individuals with a professional background, elected Guildford Borough councillors, as well as officers from Guildford Borough Council (GBC) and Surrey County Council (SCC) also attend our meetings.

What we do

While access to both services and premises has improved over the years, it is far from complete. Many businesses have accepted their responsibility to provide reasonable access, but there can sometimes be a reluctance to engage and it is for this reason that the Access Group continues to campaign for greater awareness so that our community can be truly inclusive.

As a group, our sphere of influence includes sports and leisure facilities, transport, access to the countryside, public amenities, polling stations and awareness of disability issues. We also work closely with the highways authorities to provide safe pedestrian routes, parking places, and secure crossing points with dropped kerbs.

What we have achieved

The Guildford Access Group is proud of the following achievements.

  • The Mayor's Award for Access

  • Promoting accessibility in Guildford by participating in key borough consultations 

Interested in joining the Guildford Access Group?

Do you have a question about Guildford's Access Group? Is there anything else you would like to see on their website pages? If you would like to join our Group - or receive further information - please get in touch with Sophie Butcher via email on sophie.butcher@guildford.gov.uk  or contact her by mail: Sophie Butcher, Committee Services, Guildford Borough Council (GBC), Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB.

Our meeting dates for 2017 are:

  • 5 December

Meetings start at 2pm until 4pm at GBC, Millmead House (the meeting room can be confirmed by Sophie). Refreshments are served.

The meeting dates for 2018 will be confirmed shortly.

Want to find out more?

Follow us on Twitter @AccessGford

We are also setting up a new Facebook page so keep your eyes peeled!