About Us

Access In Dudley (A.I.D.) was formed in April 2004 and is made up of predominately disabled people although ALL are welcome.

The group is a Disabled People’s User Led Organisation(DPULO). We are a voluntary organisation with company limited by guarantee status and we became a registered charity in January 2017.

In 2018, the group appointed its patron, Cllr. Steve Waltho M.B.E., a member of the local council and an active member of society with a passion for issues surrounding disability and disabled people in the Dudley community.

As the Mayor in 2016, Steve raised a huge amount of money, some of which went to local disability groups and charities. He also supported many others with his presence at fundraisers or events.

Access In Dudley is very grateful to Steve for accepting the challenges being our patron may present, and we hope to have a long and productive working relationship with him.

We are funded by donations, grants and from paid work undertaken by the group.

The group’s main work is around aspects of disability, including assessing the built environment, information delivery including alternate formats, providing advice on accessible equipment for use both outside as well as inside the home and many more areas including advice.

A.I.D. works with the Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on the new contract for the ‘Non-Emergency Patient Transport’ service and the newly appointed contract for ‘Wheelchair Services’ provision for the area. We also consult with Dudley Council on projects like Dudley Town Market Place, Kingswinford library, several local parks including Leasowes Park and Mary Steven’s Park, Stourbridge.

We also work in partnership with other local community groups and organisations including, Dudley Voices for Choice, www.dudleyvoicesforchoice.org.uk where we consult specifically with people with learning disabilities and autism, and Dudley Rowing Club, www.dudleywatersports.com/dudley-rowing-club/ , where we keep our Stable Quad boat and from where we enable people to try rowing, including those with limited disabilities.

Access in Dudley undertakes access audits of both buildings and outside/leisure places. We work with the Council, West Midlands Combined Authority, and local businesses and organisations that want to improve their facilities and services.

Members of A.I.D. also represent our disabled community on many other consultations and forums including the Local Access Forum, non-urgent patient transport via the Dudley CCG, and the Ring and Ride Users’ Group. We also network with many other groups so that we can share knowledge and information as well as our views.

As a group that must operate on a very tight budget, we are constantly looking for income opportunities and, to that end, we are able to offer the following services for a nominal fee:

  • Access Walk and Talk Audits
  • Disability Awareness Training
  • Graphic Facilitation
  • Information Production in Alternate Formats including audio and large print
  • Other services on request

All enquiries should be made via Tina by telephone or to the group by email.

Take a look at the diary page for up and coming dates for group meetings.