Access the Dales exists to break down the barriers that prevent people living with disabilities enjoying the great outdoors by making all-terrain mobility vehicles available to borrow at outdoor locations in the Yorkshire Dales.
Currently the charity operates 4 wheelchair hubs where people can borrow all-terrain wheelchairs to access walks on the fells which would otherwise be inaccessible. The hubs are well used by both families and school groups visiting the Dales – helping to offer an inclusive experience for all children, whatever their ability.
As well as providing all-terrain wheelchairs, the organisation is a hub of information and facilitation for a thriving community of Dales explorers. They share information about accommodation, attractions, walks and facilities that cater for people with disabilities, as well as organising events – including walks for a group of people with visual impairment and social walks for groups of people with learning and physical disabilities.
After meeting Access the Dales and its founder Debbie, when the charity was a successful Grants for Good finalist, the Matthew Good Foundation went on to fund this video, produced by Big Picture Charity Films, to help raise awareness of Access the Dales and share Debbie’s story.