Access Schemes for South Wales Venues
We have pulled together some information around the schemes that are available for our members with Down’s Syndrome and their carers in the region (and in some cases, nationally).
These schemes can offer better access, special performances and reduced price tickets for members and/or their carers.
The South East Wales Down’s Syndrome Support Group arranges many different activities that take place in venues that have these schemes in place so it is well worth applying to receive the benefits they offer.
The Hynt Access Card Scheme is a new national access scheme that works with theatres and arts centres in Wales to make sure there is a consistent offer available for visitors with an impairment or specific access requirement, and their Carers or Personal Assistants
The Hynt Scheme is in place at a number of venues across South East Wales (as well as nationally) including the Memo Arts Centre (Barry), The Riverfront (Newport), Congress Theatre (Cwmbran), Wales Millennium Centre (Cardiff), Sherman Theatre (Cardiff), New Theatre (Cardiff) and St. David’s Hall (Cardiff).
Motorpoint Arena Live Access Scheme
The Live Access Scheme run by the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff provides a free ticket for carers/personal assistants of people with a disability over 14 (the age restriction is in place as the arena has an age policy in place which means anyone under the age of 14 would need to be accompanied by an adult, regardless of disability – BUT they can review this on a case by case basis and will often give free carers tickets for children’s shows such as CBeebies Live!). The scheme also provides access to a special balcony area from where shows can be enjoyed, and this includes a Live Access steward who can assist during performances.
In order to apply for the scheme, click here to download the form which contains all of the relevant information including eligibility criteria and where to send it to.
South East Wales has a wealth of National Trust places including Tredegar House and Dyffryn Gardens. The organisation runs a scheme called the “Access for All Admit One Card” which admits the necessary companion, or carer, of a disabled visitor free of charge, on request, while the normal membership, or admission fee, applies to the disabled visitor.
To request an Access for all Admit One Card, you need to either email the Supporter Service Centre or phone them on 01793 817634. They will need the name and full postal address of the disabled person.
The majority of national and some smaller independent cinemas participate in the CEA Card Scheme which ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with the disabled card holder.
Much like the Motorpoint Live Access Scheme, limitations placed on Cinemas by their local licenses require children and young people under 8 years of age to be accompanied by a responsible person; consequently applications for cards can only be considered for people who are 8 years of age or older.
For further information and to apply, head over to the CEA Card website
If you know of any more schemes in and around the area, please feel free to add them to the comments.