New group to give disabled people a voice in Wymondham

The Kings Head Meadow play area is being relocated, many local residents want the relocation halted

The Kings Head Meadow play area is being relocated, many local residents want the relocation halted and the park to remain in place.Neil Seach is a wheelchair user and has difficulty accessing other parks, he is with his daughter Niamh and other members of the Wymondham Matters group.l-r:Mark Banham, Dave Roberts, Suzanne Nuri, Sue Day and Pete Green. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A Wymondham man is pledging to create a disability support group after a car accident left him with spine and nerve damage.

Neil Seach, 37, of Rustens Manor Road, is hoping to launch the Wymondham Access group.

It would enable people with disabilities in the area to share what would make getting out and about easier.

Mr Seach's accident in 2002 means he now depends on a wheelchair for leaving his house.

He said: 'I had worked with disability groups at the leisure centre and considered myself very empathetic towards the needs of these people, it wasn't until I became disabled myself that I realised just how far out my assumptions were.' Wanting to work with local councils, businesses and developers, he says the group is not about criticising future projects, but helping others understand and offer solutions for the problems disabled users face.

Access groups are already giving people a voice in Dereham and Norwich and now the model could be replicated in Wymondham.

The first meeting, which will aim to collaborate opinions from people with a range of disabilities and address the need for a new organisation, will be held on March 31.

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Everyone is welcome at the meeting from 10.30 until 12.30 in Frank Bunn Room, in the Town Green Centre.

Mr Seach said: 'I have over the past number of months been trying to raise the profile of what a group like this could do and I have been trying to get the support of other people in the community. There are lots of people on Facebook that want to come to the meeting.

'I realise I can only speak on behalf of a small proportion of disabled people and it is this that has ignited my passion over the past six months or so to create such a group so all people can be included in the local community.'

He also called for people with a range of disabilities - including deaf and blind people - to join.

Moving forwards the group will apply for a Go For It Grant from the Wymondham Community Connectors at South Norfolk Council, among other funding schemes, to get the group up and running.

- If you have a news story from the Wymondham area, email Anthony.Carroll@archant.co.uk

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