Changing Places Conference 2015: First Guest Speaker Announcement

Changing Places Official Conference Announces First Guest Speakers as Derbyshire Based Charity

The very first official conference, hosted by OpeMed and Astor Bannerman as Aveso will be held in just a matter of weeks on Saturday 21st February at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield. To mark the countdown to the event and to give our attendees some exciting nuggets of information about the day we are doing a ‘Guest Speaker Countdown’ starting from TODAY!

We are very pleased to announce that Accessible Derbyshire will be making an exclusive guest appearance. Jane Carver and Gillian Scotford will be sharing with the conference their experiences of Changing Places and accessibility within the community based upon their individual work and combined focus as the charity Accessible Derbyshire.

Why Accessible Derbyshire?

The charity was founded by Gillian Scotford and Jane Carver: two Derbyshire women with an established fundraising history having raised over £1.25 million pounds between them for local good causes in the past. The pair have a total of 6 children, three of whom are disabled, and it is this experience which has inspired their past fundraising efforts and their current charity work.

The charity has just launched a major two-year initiative aimed at making Derbyshire and the Peak District the most accessible county and National Park in the country!

‘The Big Push’ will focus on working with leisure and tourism providers in the area to raise awareness of their own accessibility and fundraising with them to provide the solutions. Training to support this initiative will also be available through the Accessible Training Company.

With its website receiving over 66,000 page views to date and with 23,500 Twitter views in just one week, the popularity of this unique charity speaks for itself and has seen Gillian and Jane invited onto the BBC Breakfast sofa and BBC Look North, asked to speak on accessible tourism to international press representatives at Haddon Hall as well as being guest lecturers to Sheffield Hallam University’s tourism students and guest speakers at the annual Loo Of The Year Awards 2014!

In addition, Accessible Derbyshire have produced a film in conjunction with Visit Britain on accessible tourism in the area which is due out shortly and, most recently, have held an MP’s Parliamentary Reception for the charity in Westminster.

For more information on Accessible Derbyshire ahead of the Changing Places Conference 2015 please visit:

To register your attendance to The Changing Places Conference 2015 please visit the Official Whoozin Page. All attendees must be registered before the event.

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More Announcements…

Keep checking back for more announcements this week and next as we divulge the line up for the day… More on Wednesday 11th February from us.