From Bobath Scotland volunteer, Bernie Hunter
The festive season is the most exciting time of the year, everyone is rushing about in preparation for Christmas. The parties and events are starting, decorations are coming out and a winter chill is in the air. People who have additional needs sometimes find Christmas activities and events aren’t always accessible - here is a guide to help you out.
Go to a Pantomime
Panto season has arrived once again- oh yes it has! People think that these shows are just for kids but adults can go along too. The performances are a great way to get yourself in the festive spirit and it is a feel-good factor too. All theatres are wheelchair accessible; some venues have access requirements e.g. relaxed performances. I would advise you to book your tickets in advance as wheelchair spaces are very limited- check a theatre near you for details.
Attend a local Christmas get together
There is an organisation called Glasgow Disability Alliance who run events for people who have additional needs. GDA run free accessible events where you can go along and meet new people. As Christmas is coming up there is two festive days happening-
- Christmas Crafts & Disco- Wednesday 11th December 10.30am-3.30pm
- Christmas Dance & Film Day- Thursday 19th 10.30am-3.30pm
Get in touch with GDA for details - firstname.lastname@example.org
Shopping, some people love it and some people hate it - it is the busiest time of year for shops which can be a real challenge if you’re in a wheelchair or have mobility issues. Christmas shopping can be stressful at the best of times so here are some tips to make it a bit easier - The big shopping centres such as Breahead are better to access, it still can be really busy but there is more room to move about whereas in the city centre is just crazy busy and you get people accidentally bumping into you. I would make a shopping list too, it always helps to know what you’re looking for - Happy Christmas shopping!
Get cosy and have a movie night in with your family and friends. People like going out at Christmas time but sometimes it is more hassle than fun especially when you need to organise it. So why not have a pre Christmas movie night, good food, movie & company - you can’t beat it!
There is nothing like going to see the festive lights glowing and sparkling in your hometown to give you the Christmas feels. As the lights are located in city centres, you usually find the streets are fully accessible but it is a good idea to plan your route anyway.