The DisabledGo website provides online Access Guides to venues across Hampshire, as well as nationally. You can find detailed information about access to all kinds of places including; hotels, cinemas, hospitals, sports grounds, restaurants, council offices, parks and tourist attractions.
The online National Access Register allows you to search for shops, businesses, hotels, toilets etc which are accessible for disabled people.
Hampshire County Council’s Accessible countryside pages give details of countryside attractions that can support less mobile visitors. The Council runs country parks throughout Hampshire, and some have areas that are adapted for disabled people of all ages. At Royal Victoria Country Park overlooking Southampton Water, for example, there is a sensory garden and a wheelchair accessible play area.
Access Advisr is a new website which has been created by a wheelchair user to provide a user-led view of how easy to access different places and transport stops are for disabled people. You can contribute by rating and commenting on places you visit.
Day activities and clubs
There are many activities and clubs in Hampshire, some of which cater specifically for older people or people with disabilities.
Use our Community directory to search for an activity or club near to you.
You may want to think about one of the lunch or social clubs for older people which are run around the county. They are run by a variety of organisations including Age Concern Hampshire and Brendoncare.
Contact the Elderly have volunteers who host a Sunday afternoon tea party in their own homes once a month. This provides a lifeline of friendship to people aged over 75 who live alone and have little or no contact with family or friends. Volunteer drivers pick up one or two older members and take them to the party where they can enjoy conversation and companionship.
There are many national and local sports organisations, clubs and groups that cater for people of all ages, with all kinds of disabilities. There are also organisations which cater for people with specific disabilities (e.g. amputees).
Finding sports clubs in your area
For ideas on getting active and details of local sports clubs and organisations, visit the Energise Me website (formerly Sport Hampshire and Isle of Wight).
Use the BBC Get Inspired Activity finder to find clubs and activities near you.
We list some sports clubs and activities in our Community directory.
All of the organisations below aim to provide opportunities for people of all levels of ability:
- British Blind Sport
- UK Deaf Sport
- British Disabled Angling Association
- English Federation of Disability Sport
- Cerebral Palsy Sport
- Wheel Power (British wheelchair sport)
- British Wheelchair Athletics Association
- British Disabled Water Ski Association
- UKSA (UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disabilities)
- Sport England
As well as good wheelchair access, most cinemas now have audio description and subtitling facilities. A lot of cinemas now have cheaper senior citizen tickets for showings during the day. Contact your local cinema for details.
Cinema Concessions Card
The UK Cinema Association offers the CEA card to disabled people. This entitles any carer accompanying them to a free ticket. The card is available to people receiving disability or attendance allowance, registered blind or holding a disabled person’s railcard. A small processing fee is chargeable per card.
Autism friendly film screenings
Dimensions UK offer autism friendly screenings at over 250 cinemas in partnership with Cineworld, Odeon, Showcase and Vue cinemas. Every month, each participating cinema shows a different film from a selection of new releases and classics including Pixar animations, Disney adventures and many more films suitable for all age ranges.