Accessibility is at the heart of everything we do. We work hard to make our organisation accessible for all those who come into contact with us, whether as participants, customers, partners or staff.
Zinc’s arts centre in Chipping Ongar has been redeveloped to deliver an outstanding level of accessibility throughout its facilities, from the overnight residential block to our teaching and meeting rooms through to our training kitchen. We have sought to provide the optimum levels of accessibility for everyone.
Some of the key access features include:
- Fully accessible residential accommodation – fully accessible bedrooms and bathrooms with hoists to enable people to move freely around their room and between bedroom and bathroom.
- Full mobility access throughout the building – the building has been designed to ensure easy movement and access to all parts of the building by people with mobility problems.
- Fully accessible training kitchen - our onsite kitchen has been designed to be fully accessible for disabled staff or for training in catering and cooking for disabled project participants.
- Fully accessible theatre/studio space – our theatre and studio space has been constructed to be fully accessible for disabled individuals, whether they are participants, staff or in the audience.
- Navigation and way finding – all signage within the building has been developed following RNIB guidance. Signs use high contrast backgrounds and have been positioned to ensure that they are easy to see. Where appropriate signs are tactile and utilise Braille.
- Accessible toilets - we have five accessible toilets throughout the main arts centre including one ‘Changing Places’ toilet facility. Whatever part of the building that you are in, there will be an accessible toilet near you. Additionally, all bathrooms in the residential centre are accessible too.
- Induction loop – all training and teaching rooms are equipped with an induction loop.
- Dedicated disabled parking
Outside of our Arts Centre we also deliver a range of outreach activities across the Eastern region and nationally. We ensure that activities, equipment and materials are all provided to offer best access to the highest quality arts work, whether for someone with minimal access requirements or someone who requires a high level of access and support. Because our outreach work takes place in a variety of venues, we cannot always guarantee the best access in facilities, though we do carry out detailed research in order to find venues with the highest levels of access possible. We always provide participants with advance information about the accessibility of our venues. It is recommended that you always contact us in advance of attending an activity, so that we can make every effort to meet your access needs.