On Monday 3rd December, the Council House will be joining in #purplelightup in recognition of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. To mark the day the Council House will be lit up purple on Monday evening to promote the purple pound.

Disabled people in the UK spend around £249 billion, which could be being spent on the high street. It’s now more important than ever to make sure shops and businesses in the city are ready for disabled people to spend their money.

One of the barriers facing disabled people, particularly visually impaired people is the incorrect positioning of advertising boards.  We can help with advice and support on where your A Board is best placed and also with making your business more user friendly for visually impaired people – it often doesn’t cost a lot, but makes such a difference.

Councillor Nicola Roulestone, Cabinet Lead for Disability said:

“Lighting up the Council House This is a fantastic initiative for the city and I hope that local businesses will take a moment to think about their shopper’s needs and accessibility to their shops in the future.”

We’ll also be focussing on the ‘purple pound’ especially around the refurbishment of the Market Hall.  Mik Scarlet, a national renowned inclusion and equality trainer, is visiting the city on Tuesday 4th December to deliver training to all the architects and designers involved in the project so that disabled shoppers and disabled stall holders can shop and work there in the future without any barriers.

For more details about the purple pound please contact Ann Webster, Council Lead on Equality and Diversity, on 01332 643722 or email ann.webster@derby.gov.uk