A webinar, with Mae Murray Foundation, on the importance of inclusion in green and blue spaces, guidance for developing an inclusive beach, and what we need to do next.
In September, we heard about the importance of inclusion in green and blue spaces, guidance for developing an inclusive beach, and what we need to do next.
Prof Ruth Hunter chaired a session with presentations from Kyleigh Lough (Chief Executive, Mae Murray Foundation) and Dr Sarah Bell (Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter) on the importance of inclusivity in public spaces, how this can be achieved, and work to date, followed by a reflection from Alix Crawford (Chairperson, Mae Murray Foundation). This was followed by a facilitated Q&A session.
Mae Murray Foundation is a lived-experience, membership led organisation which makes it possible for people of all ages and abilities to experience the world together, taking part in activities and building friendships in environments which are genuinely inclusive. They recognise all people to be of equal and inseparable value, regardless of physical or learning ability, sensory, medical or undiagnosed condition, age or caring role. They are particularly focused on making sure that people with more complex needs, whose requirements are often overlooked, are able to participate fully. Mae Murray Foundation run a comprehensive range of innovative and inclusive projects for children, teenagers and adults. These range from outdoor activities, to music and social events, and a popular powered wheelchair loan scheme for small children. Crucially, they draw on members’ lived experiences to co-design and implement permanent solutions in everyday environments like beaches so that everyone can participate together.