Innovative Practices 2014 on Accessibility

Providing access to buildings of civil society

Accessible London funds work that improves access to buildings of the civil society and increases disabled people’s participation in arts and sporting opportunities.

“We want persons with disabilities to live independently and to fully participate in society. Making community buildings more accessible is an important way of achieving this.”

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Accessible London
Organisation:City Bridge Trust
of origin
United Kingdom
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Fund to support projects enabling access to 3rd sector buildings


  • Operating since 1995
  • 465 grants totalling 22.6 million GBP
  • Getting access right for persons with disabilities gets it right for everyone


Charities and other civil society organisations provide excellent community services. Often the lack of resources creates barriers that prevent persons with disabilities and the elderly from accessing the buildings, participating in sports, cultural or charity activities, and volunteering their time.


The Accessible London program allows voluntary and community organisations to get free advice and funding for improving accessibility to their buildings and services. This program provides funding for access consultancy, specialist disability staff, disability training, physical and sensory building improvements.


Within the Accessible London program hundreds of projects were financially supported. Providing funding for audit services and for consultancy to analyse fields of improvement in the area of accessibility was a major focus, as well as the capital cost of improving access for all disabled people. Getting the right sort of advice, information and expertise is critical in making good access even better.

166_Accessible London_City Bridge Trust_fotoThe City Bridge Trust funds access improvements for community organisations; for example, ramps and automatic doors for Archway youth club. (photo: Center for Accessible Environments)

Ms. Jenny FIELD
City Bridge Trust, PO Box 270, Guildhall
London, EC2P 2EJ, United Kingdom
+44-20 7332 3710


Top marks from:
• all voters
• business voters
Top marks for:
• access to ICT
• Targeting all persons with disabilities

Nominated by: Wai CHAN, Centre for Accessible Environments