Inclusive Information

Facilities

We are working in partnership with AccessAble to provide accessibility information about our council facilities and a range of venues across the borough.

These detailed guides provide factual information and photographs to assist those with a disability to know in real terms how accessible a place or venue is prior to their visit.

To search for a venue or facility visit AccessAble.

A number of pre visit guides have been developed with short descriptions to assist people visiting our venues.  These have been designed for people with autism in mind but are helpful for anyone unfamiliar with the environment.

Community Centres

Ashgrove Community Centre
Avenue Road Community Centre
Brownlow Hub Community Centre
Brownstown Hub Community Centre
Dobbin Street Community Centre

Leisure Facilities

Banbridge Leisure Centre
Dromore Community Centre
Gilford Community Centre
Orchard Leisure Centre
Richhill Recreation Centre

Tourism Venues

Armagh County Museum
The Market Place Theatre
Navan Centre & Fort
Navan Centre & Fort – ASD Accessibility

Town Halls

Lurgan Town Hall
Portadown Town Hall

Virtual Tours

Craigavon Ski & Golf Centre
The Market Place Theatre

There are currently six Changing Places toilet within council facilities.

Changing Places toilets are larger accessible toilets for severely disabled people, with equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers.  The toilets give disabled people and their carers the space and equipment they need to have the confidence to leave their homes and go out.

Brownlow Community Hub
Gilford Community Centre
Orchard Leisure Centre
Portadown People’s Park
South Lake Leisure Centre (Dry Side)
South Lake Leisure Centre (Pool Side)

JAM CardJAM Card allows people with a learning difficulty, autism or communication barrier tell others they need ‘Just A Minute’ discreetly and easily.

The JAM Card is a social innovation from the NOW Group, an organisation that supports people with learning difficulties and autism into employment.  It was their service users who said they would like a discreet way of telling people that sometimes they need a little extra time and patience.

Those with a communication barrier are often reluctant or unable to tell others about their condition. JAM Card allows this to happen in a simple, effective non-verbal manner.

The JAM Card was created first as a Credit Card sized card but has also been developed into an app for smartphones.

The card or app can be used to alert staff in leisure centres or community centres for example that the person needs a little bit of patience and understanding when interacting with you.

You can find out more about the JAM Card at www.jamcard.org and NOW Group at www.nowgroup.org

A poolpod is a platform lift system transforming access to swimming pools for people with disabilities and restricted mobility.  It can be used by a wheelchair user or you can stand on the lift, so it is ideal if you find traditional pool steps difficult, e.g. if you are recovering from an injury or stroke, are pregnant or are older.

Poolpods are available in Banbridge Leisure Centre and in both the large pool and teaching pool in South Lake Leisure Centre.

We are a member national disability network Radar (The Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation).  This means, that if you are disabled and living within the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, you can get a Radar key to use in any of our Public Toilets.  These keys also provide access to any public toilet in the UK that has been locked to protect it from vandalism or misuse.

To find out how to acquire a Radar Key click here.

Activities

Disability Lane Swimming applies while pools are restricted to lane swimming, depending on ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

Participants with a disability can swim for free at their own pace within a lane allocated solely for them for the entire session.  A carer is permitted free entry into the same lane, only if the person with a disability requires assistance.  Pre booking is essential.

Orchard Leisure Centre – Saturday & Sunday 2.45pm – 3.45pm

Details on other venues will be available when facilities have reopened, please contact your local centre for more information.

The Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme delivered in partnership with Live Active NI aims to provide inclusive physical activity opportunities for the least active people in our community and encourages people of all ages and abilities to become more active together.

For more information click here:

Individuals and groups can access a range of inclusive bikes for use around Craigavon Lakes, including trikes, hand cycles, tandems (inline and side-by-side) and a wheelchair transporter.  An induction will be provided and an instructor can be booked to lead the session.

Supported by Disability Sport NI, Department for Communities and Sport NI.

For more information click here.

An inclusive outdoor experience for people to access the walking and mountain bike trails at Gosford Forest Park using four wheeled, battery powered buggies.

For more information click here.

Event organisers must comply with the Disability Discrimination Act. The guide has information on how event organisers can make events accessible to visitors by making reasonable adjustments at venues.