Mapping for Change Launches ‘Ramp It Up!’

November 2, 2016

Local businesses are invited to compete for the chance to win one of 10 wheelchair ramps to improve access to their premises. Who wins will be decided by the public.

The London-based social enterprise Mapping for Change is inviting communities from around the UK to help their towns and cities become more wheelchair friendly. They are calling on you to ‘Ramp it Up!’ and have launched an exciting competition to encourage your local business owners to get on board.

Those one or two steps at the entrances of buildings should not be a barrier to those with limited mobility. Nor should they stop business owners from accessing an estimated £200bn of spending power from people in the UK with disabilities. A wheelchair ramp is a simple way to counter those steps, even on listed buildings or rented premises as it is completely portable. What’s more, Mapping for Change has 10 free ramps to give away.

Throughout the month of November, business owners and users are invited to nominate their shop, restaurant, theatre, or any other building which is open to the public. Simply upload a photo of the entrance along with a few details to www.facebook.com/MappingforChange or share the photo of the entrance on Twitter using #rampitupUK, then encourage customers and friends to vote. The businesses with the most votes win.rampitup2_small_0.png

The ‘Ramp It Up!’ social media contest is designed to spark community interest, raise awareness and guide businesses towards opening up their services to people with disabilities. This combined with the free app ‘Wheelmap’ will go some way to improving the accessibility of our towns and cities.

‘Ramp It Up!’ will be promoted across the United Kingdom and on social media. Submissions will be reviewed for eligibility and the winners will be chosen based on the number of votes they receive on Mapping for Change's Facebook page. The winners will be announced on December 3, timed to coincide with International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 10 winning businesses will be offered a portable aluminium ramp, which is ideal for bridging 1 or 2 steps. To enter and for more information visit Mapping for Change's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MappingforChange/

About Mapping for Change

Mapping for Change works to provide benefit to individuals and communities from disadvantaged or marginalised groups, along with the organisations and networks that support those communities, where the goal is to create positive sustainable transformations in their environment.

The contest is an extension of the MyAccessible.EU campaign, a three year research project funded by the European Union aimed at improving accessibility for people with mobility impairments in European cities.

For more information visit www.mappingforchange.org.uk

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