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What are Access Groups?

Local access groups provide representation in campaigning; awareness raising; responding to public consultations; and providing direct advice to local authorities and organisations on specific local access issues and projects. Many local access groups comprise only of a small number of people, mainly volunteers. Generally all members have a personal experience of an impairment and advice is often either provided free of charge, or recipients are asked to make a contribution to expenses, or a donation to the group.

Find a local Access Group

Andover and District Disability Forum

The Forum aims to raise the profile of disabled people in the community and provide an accessible contact point for disabled people to identify what is not provided for disabled people and from this create and support initiatives for measurable improvement.

Basingstoke and District Disability Forum

The Basingstoke and District Disability Forum is a place for local disabled people to have a voice. Individuals, representatives of voluntary and community groups and statutory service providers get together to share concerns and information, review services, identify problems and look for solutions.

Disabled People’s Voice Hampshire

An umbrella organisation bringing together disabled people's user led organisations across Hampshire to give a stronger voice. Covering all disabilities.

Eastleigh and District Disability Forum

The Eastleigh and District disability forum was founded in 2002 by a group of disabled people who wanted to make things better for local disabled people.

East Hants Disability Forum

Gosport Access Group and Disability Forum

The group meets bimonthly at the Town Hall in Gosport and is open to any disabled person living or working in Gosport and able bodied family members and carers. They campaign for improved access to services across the Borough, raise awareness and ensure disabled people are fully involved in the decision making process.

  • address Gosport Borough Council, Town Hall, High Street, Gosport, PO12 1EB
  • contact Richard Sturgess, Access Officer
  • email rsturgess@fareham.gov.uk
  • telephone 023 9254 5535

Havant Area Disability Access Group

The group is a small independent charitable group which exists to support members of the public and the local council with matters related both to disabled access and disability issues in general.

Hart Access Group

The group aims to be an effective voice in working with statutory authorities and others to achieve a freely accessible environment for the whole community.

New Forest Access For All

New Forest Access For All (NFAFA – pronounced nafa) is a small local charity run by a lively, dedicated group of volunteers. It was set up in 1997 to highlight the many access problems faced by members of the community, especially people with disabilities and we became a registered charity in 2004. We are affiliated to the National Register of Access Consultants.

Romsey Disability Forum

Romsey Disability Forum was established in 1992 as a group of physically disabled people living in Romsey and the surrounding area

Rushmoor Access Group

Covers the geographical area of Rushmoor Borough Council – the towns of Farnbrorough and Aldershot in North East Hampshire

Winchester Area Access For All (WAAFA)

Winchester Area Access For All (WAAFA) is a forum dedicated to improving access and conditions for those with disability in the Winchester area. We meet monthly at The Colebrook Centre in Winchester to discuss issues, implement change and to raise awareness of access issues in Winchester for the disabled.

  • contact Keith Hatter, Chair
  • address WAAFA c/o WACA, The Colebrook Centre, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LH
  • telephone 01962 871 700
  • email info@waafa.org.uk