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Improving access for all to our centres

People gathered around a picnic bench next to a river.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) runs visitor centres in some of Wales’ remotest and most beautiful locations.

Now it is reviewing how easy it is for everyone to access the centres and make the most of the events that are held there.

The review, carried out as part of NRWs Equalities work, will assess whether NRW provides fair and equal services and facilities for all – and how we can improve.

NRW manages five visitor centres - near Merthyr Tydfil, Aberystwyth, Dolgellau and Machynlleth - all of which aim to help people of all abilities to enjoy the outdoors.

Rachel Parry, NRW’s Recreation Information Officer said:

“Fairness is at the heart of our values, however this is not about ‘treating everyone the same’ but recognising that everyone’s needs are met in different ways.

“The assessment aims to find out how we can improve.

“For example, some sites may have easy access trails but information about them may be difficult to find.

“We want to find out about physical access to our sites, trails and visitor centres and how people with ‘protected characteristics’ find out about what’s happening there.”

People can take part by filling in an on-line questionnaire or by applying to be part of a focus group about one of NRW’s five Visitor Centres:

  • Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre – 24 Feb – 10:00 – 13:00
  • Cadair Idris – To be held at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre 25 Feb – 10:00 – 13:00
  • Ynyslas Visitor Centre– 1 March – 10:00 – 13:00
  • Bwlch Nant yr Arian - To be held at Aberystwyth University, 1 – 2 March – 13:00 – 16:00
  • Garwnant Visitor Centre – 3 March  -10:00 – 13:00

More information is available at http://www.naturalresources.wales/out-and-about/equality-impact-assessment/?lang=en

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