Charity travel website issues plea for volunteers

Accessibility charity See Around Britain needs photographers, writers and administrative support to boost the number of destinations and venues it covers.

Joe Lepper | 3rd Jan 19
Inage shows a scene from the British countryside

A charity travel website that provides accessibility information for disabled holidaymakers and travellers has issued a plea for volunteers as it looks to expand its reach.

See Around Britain is a charity run travel website and app that is GPS equipped to provide inclusive information, including details of accessibility for disabled travellers.

It is looking to add to the thousands of venues and destinations across the UK and Europe it already covers and to eventually have a global reach. To do this it needs more contributors to provide it with venue descriptions as well as undertake photo and video surveys of new venues.

Volunteers are also needed to help the travel website with its social media content, as well as offer administrative and editorial support.

A key task the charity needs help with is uploading photographs and venue descriptions online. This work can be carried out at home, with online training offered by the charity.

Sponsorship also sought

Sponsorship from organisations, business and individuals is also being sought.

Founder Trustee Marg McNiel said: “A guiding principle of See Around Britain is that its website is fully inclusive and is not ‘a disabled-only’ website, so that it can reach as many citizens as possible and by its extensive use of photographs help them evaluate if a venue is suitable for their interests or specific requirements, and how to find it.”

Schools across the UK are also being encouraged to get involved, with surveys for the website already being carried out by pupils in Wales, where the charity is based.

“In doing this work, the pupils and the venue owners that they visit will get an awareness of the varied needs of disabled people, and how to best meet them,” added McNiel.