National disability campaigner invites residents to become ambassadors
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A campaigner is appealing for wheelchair users in the borough to help disabled people find accessible cafes, shops and attractions.
Steve Wilkinson, 63, who calls himself Wheelchair Steve and founded International Wheelchair Day, wants residents to offer advice.
He said: “Often the information on Google or elsewhere is inadequate, and I wanted to do something about it.
“Through my website, people can sign up as wheelchair ambassadors, and people can get in touch with them to ask about the best places to eat, visit and so on, in Ilford.
“I’m a wheelchair user myself and I’m trying to create a network of people around the country, so visitors can get in touch if they’re visiting somewhere.
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“I’m looking for as many residents as possible across the UK, not just one person from each area.
“I’m hoping that it will improve business at these places that are accessible for wheelchair users, their family and friends, and encourage other businesses to do the same.”
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In order to sign up, residents should email firstname.lastname@example.org, and create a Twitter account, in order to chat with people who may get in touch with you.
In the email, include where you live, what type of wheelchair you use, or if you are a family member, friend or carer of a wheelchair user.