City groups urged to sign up to accessibility pledge

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By Nick Eardley

Council leaders have urged organisations from around the capital to attend a special conference next month aimed at improving Edinburgh residents’ access to sport and culture in the city.

Local groups will be asked to sign up to a long-term ‘Pledge’ to address perceived barriers preventing access to the capitals facilities at the event. The move comes as a result of a Scottish Government study into residents’ views on access to the cities sporting and cultural activities.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convenor said: ”The Pledge is an excellent way of showing our shared commitment to making sport and culture as accessible for all Edinburgh residents.

“We’ve already had some very positive feedback with a number of organisations signing up and I’m sure we’ll see even more coming on board in the coming weeks.”

Amongst the elements in the ‘Pledge’ which local groups will be encouraged to sign up to are commitments to improve access to facilities, improve participation and increase affordability.

It comes after the Scottish Government commissioned Pathfinder project, which sought to gage capital residents’ views on how they could be more involved in Edinburgh’s sporting and cultural events.

Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre- one of the groups who have signed up for the event- said: “The Pledge is a way of pulling together lots of existing opportunities- and improving them. It’s about making Edinburgh a creative space for everyone.”

The event is open to any organisation providing arts or sports services in Edinburgh, and will be held at Playfair Library at the University of Edinburgh’s Old College on 4 November.