Leisure

Accessible toilets

Before you venture out you may want to know where there are accessible toilets. Circa have a good list of these and where to buy or borrow the radar keys which allow access to those toilets that are locked,? see below

RADAR KEYS

(Keys allowing access to Disabled Toilets, both on island & also the uk)

 

Keys can be purchasedfrom the following locations:-

CIRCA, Level 2, Chester Street Car Park, Douglas

Douglas Library, 10-12 Victoria Street, Douglas

Crossroads Care, MashamCourt, Victoria Avenue, Douglas

Welcome Centre, Sea Terminal Building, Douglas.

Onchan District Commissioners, Main Road, Onchan

Peel Commissioners, Town Hall, Derby Road, Peel

Ramsey Town Commissioners, Town Hall, Parliament Square, Ramsey

 

Short term loan of keys during opening hours from:

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Onchan District Commissioners.? Their keys can also be picked up from Onchan Park and Onchan Library.

Access Office, Masham Court, Douglas

 

Disabled toilets are situated at the following locations:-

Andreas????????????? Ayre United Playing Field (NR)

Ballasalla??????????? Silverdale Glen

Bride???????????????????????????? Village Car Park (NR)

Castletown?????????????????? Civic Centre, Town Centre Square

Douglas?????????????? Sea Terminal Building (NR)

Loch Promenade Gardens

Opposite Jubilee Clock, Loch Promenade

Marks & Spencer Car Park

Nobles ParkPavillion

York Road, off Broadway

Colours, Central Promenade

Port Jack, Douglas Promenade???????????????????????? cont

Slug and Lettuce, Wellington Street

Shaws Brow Car Park, Barrack Street

Terminus Tavern, Douglas Promenade (outside)

 

Kirk Michael????? Glen Wyllin Camp Site (SO)

Laxey????????????????? The Harbour (NR) open 7am-5pm

M.E.R Station ? seasonal opening

Glen PavilionCaf ? (SO)

 

Onchan??????????????? Onchan Park (2 facilities)

Peel????????????????????? Shore Road/Victoria Road

Market Place

Peel Camp Site (SO)

Port Erin???????????? Station Road Car Park

Shore Road

Port St Mary?????? Golf Pavilion (NR)

Gellings Avenue

Harbour

Ramsey?????????????? Market Place

Mooragh Park, Lakeside Pavilion (NR)

Coronation Park, by bus station

West Quay (NR) open 7am ? 5pm

Ramsey Town Hall ? office hours

Bowring Road

The Courthouse, Parliament St (NR)

St Johns?????????????? Main Road

Sulby???????????????????????????? SulbyCladdaghs (SO)

NR = no radar key needed

SO = seasonal only

Options

There is quite a range of leisure activities available on the Island and you can choose what is attractive to you, and suitable for your disability. DisabledGo has an excellent website giving detailed information on accessibility in premises located in the Isle of Man and in the UK. All locations have been assessed by trained personnel and their website is well worth checking. . Be aware that not all the properties listed are particularly accessible so check out the symbols on the side for suitability for your limitations. Suggestions on finding accessible properties are included in some sections below.

www.disabledgo.com/organisations/isle-of-man-government/main-2

Hope you enjoy getting out and about! If you would like to see an activity added on our site, please use the feedback option on the home page to pass on details.

Getting there if you don’t have your own transport:

The Lady Chaffeurs taxi service

The Lady Chauffeurs are a team of 4 kind considerate caring female drivers all police checked, all able to drive taxis so clients are fully insured. They will do what ever is needed including calling family to say clients are home and well. Please see the Fb and trip advisor sites for clients feedback. They can stay with the client and help them return to the car. They will consider all reasonable requests. The journey prices are all Gov metered prices and charge 20per hr waiting/accomained time (as of July 2016). The long wheel base cars give 2 ft of space in the rear before touching the front seat and the large doors and perfect seat heights enables easy access. The car boots will fit a folded wheel chair in . They chauffeur female and male clients it just means you will only ever get a female driver. We supply a loyalty card and offer all clients a half price journey on the tenth journey. Tel: 235577.

Sport

For those disabled people who are interested in engaging in sports, check out the Disability Sports Directory compiled by the Sports Officer for the Disabled, Zoe Crowe, to see what is available. Zoe organises this section of sport activities, is based at the National Sports Centre and is heavily involved with the Paralympics. Zoe can be contacted on tel: 688575 or email Zoe.Crowe@gov.im. This service is provided by the Isle of Man Government via the Department of Education and Children.

Check out the link:

http://www.gov.im/categories/leisure-and-entertainment/national-sports-centre/sports-development-disabilities/disabled-sport-opportunities/

Chair-based Exercises for healthy ageing – contact tel: 642668 or 650912

Riding for the disabled – contact Mrs LP McNamara on tel: 851997 or email mcnamaraiom@manx.net

New for 2015, Riding for the Disabled are offering Manx Carriage Driving 4 Disabled. For more information or to book a drive, contact Janet Thommeny at 23 Berrywoods Avenue, Douglas, IM2 7DA, tel: 497833 or email: janetthommeny@manx.net

Facebook page – Riding for the Disabled Isle of Man

Sailing for the disabled –

Sailing for the Disabled: Provides sailing opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities on a modern large cruising yacht which has special adaptions to assist those less mobile.

Membership is available to those with disabilities and also to helpers without. Also provides sailing to organisations and groups who assist people with disabilities

www.sftd-iom.com Tel. 471666 Email Membership@manx.net

Swimming:
National Sports Centre, Douglas, provides access to all pool areas for customers with disabilities, a hoist is available to gain access to both the leisure and competition pool. Please do not hesitate to ask if you require assistance. The staff are always happy to help.

Southern, Western and Ramsey Swimming Pool now offer weekly rehabilitation swimming sessions for ALL individuals with disabilities, health-related needs or recovery from injury. Northern Pool: see www.northernswimmingpool.com, or contact tel: 812852 or emailwww.northernswimmingpool@manx.net for more details.

Southern Swimming Pool also has disabled access and facilities. Contact tel: 823930, email southernswimmingpool@manx.net or view www.southernswimmingpool.im for more details.

Western Swimming pool in Peel – Hoist available and a disabled shower room plus toilet, rails and plenty of room for a carer to assist. A concessionary price is offered for a disabled swimmer with their carer.

If an extra warm pool is required investigate the Pisces Swimming Club, which specialises in teaching swimming skills to children and adults with physical disabilities, learning development and behavioural issues. Less mobile members can benefit from therapeutic sessions in the heated pool and the group have an optional fitness and Aquarobics session. Pisces Swimming Club for the Disabled which uses the Glencrutchery Pool in Douglas. Contact Tiffany Crookall on tel: 825616.

The Physical Activity on Referral Programme – contact the programme coordinator on tel: 662011 or email Hannah.May@gov.im

Fishing – Anglers with a disability can now fish from a specially designed platform at the Cringle Reservoir. A fishing licence is required to fish in the reservoirs. To find out more, contact the Fishing Directorate of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture on tel: 685857.

10 Pin Bowling Sure Strike Bowling Alley, Queens Promenade, Ramsey not only do they have a full disabled toilet, ramp for access into the diner and a ramp for access up to the bowling lanes but they also have ramps which enable bowling for all disabilities and there is a special deal for carers and disabled adults too the disabled adult is charged the same rate as a child (ie 4.00 per game) and their carer is also entitled to that deal (instead of 6 per game) . Prices quoted are dated January 2016. Tel: 812444 www.surestriketenpin.com

Acoustic Shooting takes place on a regular basis for the visually impaired. For more information contact tel:674727

The GoDoActive leaflet gives suggestions for suitable activites to undertake. See www.godoactive.im for more ideas.

Powerchair Football is a sport specifically designed for adults and children with severe physical impairment. for more information tel:688575, email: zoe.crowe@gov.im

Walk and Talk is suitable for all ages and abilities. Tel: 688592 , email: enquiries@msr.dtl.gov.im or check out www.gov.im/sport for more information

Social Clubs

The Service Users Network (SUN) offers a fortnightly social club on Tuesdays for Mental Health Service users and anyone with an interest in mental health. Ring tel: 616188 or view www.serviceusersnetwork.com or email serviceusersnetwork@manx.net.

For those with a mental health illness or a learning disability, Praxis Care Group offer a Sunday lunch club on an Island-wide basis, tel: 619803, email info.adminiom@praxiscare.org.uk or see www.connect2charity.im/praxiscare.

Autism in Mann run social events for parents and families. contact tel: 480167, email: autisminmann@manx.net

Autism Initiatives run three adult social groups. Contact Paul Ormond-Smith, Head of Service at tel: 814801 or email iom@autisminitiatives.org

The Children’s Centre offer The Inclusion Programme through The Community Farm to provide opportunities to young adults over 18 with disabilities to progress, develop skills and flourish. Contact the Inclusion Officer Llinos Ellis tel:355361/610540, email:llinosellis@thechildrenscentre.org.im or view www.thecommunityfarm.wordpress.com

Leonard Cheshire Outreach Services offers an island wide service supporting physically disabled adults to be active in their communities and build their social networks. Referrals can be made via the Adult Disabilities Social Work Team. They will support individuals to contact them if you do not have a social worker. Contact tel: 817071 or email keith.fitton@LCdisability.org” or email michelle.ferrer@LCdisability.org

Isle of Man Health Services Retirement Fellowship hold meetings with invited speakers in the winter months for NHS retirees. For more information contact Secretary Margaret Cleator tel: 817791

Manx Heart Support Group have a monthly meeting/speaker/walk for those with heart problems and their carers. Contact tel: 611273 for more details.

Manx Deaf Society provide a social environment for members at headquarters, church services for deaf signing people, social gatherings, outings, and holidays in the UK and abroad. Contact tel: 852988 or email juliesmith@manx.net.

Age Isle of Man has day centres, lunch clubs and activity clubs. Contact tel: 631740 email info@ageconcerniom.com or view www.ageisleofman.org.im

Live At Home Schemes aim to help older members of our society to live at home as long as they wish. One of its services is to provide social gatherings and trips out. This charity runs a number of district offices: Onchan tel: 6251570, Northern tel: 818015, Western tel: 843012, North Douglas tel: 627778, South Douglas tel: 625157

Manx Gateway operates a social club for people with learning disabilities. Contact Secretary Jane Fox on Tel: 424731 or email: Jane_fox@manx.net for more details

The Southern Community Initiative (SCI) Hub Club holds a number of social activities in Thie Rosen, Port St Mary which has level access, a disabled toilet and a lift to activities held upstairs. Contact jbridle@manx.net or ring tel: 838180/427710 for more information.

ME Support (IOM) offers social support meetings to those touched by ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. For more information view www.mesupportiom.org or email mesupportiom@manx.net

Autism in Mann offers the chance to get together and swap tips on coping with autism, tel 480167.

Northern Carers Social Group provides support for carers of older people with dementia. They organise social events and talks for members. Contact Maria on tel: 686432 for more information.

Phab Youth Club aims to offer a fun, safe environment for all. Contact tel: 478180 or email:v.kennaugh@doe.gov.im

Scope, a UK charity provide Netbuddy This facility provides an invaluable online community for parents of disabled children to swap tips and advice www.netbuddy.org.uk

The Manx ASC Support Group for families and professionals working with ASC (Aspergers Syndrome condition) provide just somewhere to come and chat at Close Woirrey, Ramsey (diagonally opposite the bus station). They often have Health and Education professionals dropping in for informal chats in a relaxed environment. For more information contact Estelle on 211400.

Epilepsy Action provide a coffee and chat group based at the Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas IM1 2BQ. These are held on the third Monday of the month between 6-7.30pm. Tel: 352193

Walk and Talk is suitable for all ages and abilities. Tel: 688592 , email: enquiries@msr.dtl.gov.im or check out www.gov.im/sport for more information

 

Computer

Free computer and internet access with disabled access available at::

Age IOM classes, Ramsey Town Hall in the library, Parliament Square, Ramsey, Tel: 810146, Ramsey Library

Leonard Cheshire Drop-in Centre, Main Road, Onchan – Monday to Friday 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. The drop in has eight computers, two printers and some height adjustable desks for wheelchair users, facilities for hot drinks and a disabled toilet.

For over 50’s Age Isle of Man run computer Lifelong Learning Centres at their Douglas Head Office; Douglas iMuseum; Ramsey Library on the first floor (accessible lift available);House of Mannanan in Peel and Southlands Resource Centre. For more information call 631740 or call in at the office at 19 Drinkwater Street, Douglas or check out www.ageisleofman.org.im.

Shopping

Circa Shopmobility provide assistance with shopping in Douglas for those whose physical mobility is impaired by providing aids such as wheelchairs and other equipment. See www.circa.org.im or tel: 613713 or email enquiries@circa.org.im. The office is located on Level 2, Chester Street car park, Market Street, Douglas, IM1 2PG.

Red Cross lends out equipment eg wheelchairs in lieu of donations if your disability is temporary or you have a disabled guest coming to visit and you want to take them out, tel: 639310.

Tynwald Mills Shopping Centre at St Johns has good level access, wheelchairs to borrow at the front door and a disabled toilet available.

Art/Arts

The Manx Stroke Foundation offers an Art Group for those affected by stroke. Contact tel: 616885, email info@manxstrokefoundation.org or view www.manxstrokefoundation.org

Peel Centenary Centre also offers an Art Group and the building has disabled access, see www.centenarycentre.com or tel: 843480 to speak to Norman Teare Director/Art Group).

The Gaiety Theatre now has a rolling subtitles facility which is visible from a number of points in the auditorium, useful for the deaf and partially hearing impaired. Ring the Villa Marine Complex on tel: 600555 for more information about which dates this facility operates.

Villa Marina Complex now run the Essential companion Scheme – see below:

 

ESSENTIAL COMPANION SCHEME

 

Villa Marina & Gaiety Theatre (VillaGaiety) in conjunction with Isle of Man Government is committed to enabling all our patrons to participate in our events equally with dignity and respect.

VillaGaiety would like everyone to enjoy all the services and facilities on offer and in order to further this commitment, have adopted the Essential Companion scheme. For the purposes of this policy, a person with disability is understood, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 2006(section 1(1), as anyone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

 

VillaGaiety operates the Essential Companion Scheme for those who need somebody to be present, in order to assist them to readily access the theatre and its services, by the means of mobility or guidance. This is open to both individual and organisations and the correct form should be completed in each case.

The Essential Companion should familiarise themselves with the layout of the venue and the location of services. They should liaise with staff if the person with a disability requires assistance, and take instructions should there be a need to evacuate the building. The Essential Companion is required to attend to the needs of the person with a disability at all times whilst on the premises.

How The Scheme Works

Our Essential Companion scheme allows members a complementary ticket, so that they can bring along a companion with them, at no additional cost. To join, the person with the disability, or their appointed representative, must complete and sign the application form, and return it to the address at the bottom of the Application Form. The contact details on the form should be those of the person with a disability, not of the Essential Companion. The scheme is not open to, or intended, for those who simply require a companion/ friend to assist them with transportation to and from the venue. The scheme is not offered to anyone who can cope independently in a public venue.

Enjoyable Visit

The information that you provide us with will help to ensure that we provide the best service for you. There is a space on the form to tell us about your particular needs. For example is your mobility equipment of an unusual size or shape Is it motorised This information enables us to allocate the correct amount of space for you. All information is protected by the Data Protection Act 2002 and it will only be used for the purpose set out in this document.

VillaGaiety cannot provide unlimited access for its shows and events. The allocation of complimentary places will be determined by the capacity for each event and provided on a first come, first served basis. Please note that hire shows may not wish to be part of the scheme or offer a limited number of places. All shows, promoted through VillaGaiety will offer this scheme.

Important

It is accepted that a wheelchair may be used to assist in access to and around the venue and we accept that it may be preferred for you to transfer to a theatre seat. However, if you are transferring to a theatre seat, you will need to be independently capable of leaving the venue in the event of an evacuation, without access to your wheelchair. If you are unable to fulfil this, in line with Risk Assessments, Health and Safety and the Fire Safety Officer, you will need to remain in your wheelchair and if available we will relocate you to a wheelchair position.

Play

Safe Hands Play Therapy uses play and creative arts to help children address their difficulties. There is a charge for sessions. Play therapist Jan Watson can be contacted on tel: 456931 www.safehandsplaytherapy.co.uk

Relaxation

Brahma Kumaris offer meditation and relaxation opportunities without charge at 20, Appledene Court, Woodlands View, IM2 2BU. See www.brahmakumaris.org/uk/whatson and put Isle of Man in the location choice to find the programme of courses.

Manx National Heritage

On Manx National Heritage sites, carers accompanying disabled visitors enter free. They also offer some good value tickets for multiple sites. Find details at Visitor Information sites, Manx National Heritage sites or ring 648000.

For MNH accessibility information visit www.manxnational heritage.im then go to Visit, click on Historic Attractions, and select a site. At the bottom of the page under Related Documents find the Access Guide as a document of a PDF to decide if a location would be suitable for your needs.

Misc

Manx Natural Healing Centre provides a drop-in situation regarding natural healing and complementary therapies. Contact tel: 673824, or check out their facebook page Manx Natural Healing Centre.

Motorbility scooters at Milntown House and Gardens are available for the less able who wish to visit. Book ahead so they are freshly charged up, tel: 812321, email milntown@manx.net or view www.milntown.org.

The Gaiety Theatre now has a rolling subtitles facility which is visible from a number of points in the auditorium, useful for the deaf and partially hearing impaired. Ring the Villa Marine Complex on tel: 600555 for more information about which dates this facility operates.

Audio loops for the hearing impaired are found at Peel Centenary Centre, Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre, Douglas. The Erin Arts Centre in Port Erin has a Sennheiser Infrared Hearing System for people with impaired hearing.

The Institute at Laxey has nearly completed building fully accessible facilities, tel:414299 or check out www.theinstitute.im.

Suitable public leisure venues for visits for those in wheelchairs include Douglas Promenade, Villa Marina Complex in Douglas, Mooragh Park, St Paul’s Shopping Mall in Ramsey, Tynwald Mills Shopping Complex in St Johns, Peel Promenade including over the footbridge and round the harbour and Port Erin Promenade.

If you know of more please give feedback using the feedback option on the home page or by emailing disabilitynetworks@manx.net.

Leonard Cheshire Foundation Isle of Man offer Outreach Services to the physically disabled, supporting individuals in a wide range of activities to ensure that individual potential and maximum independence is achieved, tel:817071.

The Island’s mobile library service carries over 4,000 books and takes 10 different routes over a 2 week period. For more details tel: 640650 email: mobile@familylibrary.im or view www.familylibrary.im

The Isle of Man Motor Museum in Jurby is fully accessible and has a large selection of vintage bikes and other interesting vehicles. Check out www.isleofmanmotormuseum.com tel:888333 or email info@isleofmanmotormuseum.com for more information.

Eating Out

The link below will take you to the DisabledGo site where 1200 plus Island properties have been assessed and listed. Not all are appropriate for some disabilities so read the information given carefully.

http://www.disabledgo.com/organisations/isle-of-man-government/main-2

Some of our Island’s licensed victuallers have worked hard and got together to compile a list of accessible pubs. See http://www.inapub.co.uk/pubs/facilities/Isle-of-Man/Disabled-Access

Please let us know if you find/run any more suitable cafes/restaurants for these pages using the feedback tab. Many thanks!

The Department of Economic Development has a list of eating places included in the Taste Isle of Man Scheme with accessibility symbols. These premises have been inspected and have qualified to be included in this quality eatery guide regarding their food, service and premises. Please note that the accessibility information has been provided by the owners and has not been graded by qualified inspectors. For more details tel: 685965.

Below are some observations of our own:

North

Milntown restaurant has level access, a disabled toilet, plenty of room to move around, is light and spacious with good views of the walled garden. However the acoustics are not great for the hard of hearing when the restaurant is busy. The disabled parking has a walk of about 50yds to the restaurant, tel:812321.

Lakeside Centre in the Mooragh Park, Ramsey has level access, a disabled toilet, indoor and outdoor tables and a good view of the lake. Disabled Parking can be found about 40 yards away, tel: 812985.

Ramsey Park Hotel has level access, and a disabled toilet on the ground floor available to anyone visiting the restaurant. The view here is of the lake and mountains. Parking close by tel: 818123.

Northern Swimming Pool Cafe has level access and a disabled toilet and overlooks the harbour and mountains. Disabled parking close by, tel: 812852.

Costa in Ramsey offers level access from the Parliament Street entry, a disabled toilet and overlooks the paved Courthouse area, where you can enjoy your purchase inside or outside if desired. However beware of the floor as you enter if there has been any rain, it gets very slippy, tel: 819141.

South

The Sound Restaurant, Cregneish has level access, a disabled toilet at the side of the building, disabled parking just outside and a spectacular view over the Sound and the Calf of Man, tel: 838123.

East

Costa in the Sea Terminal Douglas has level access and a disabled toilet available. Disabled parking available outside, tel: 679227, serves coffee, tea and cakes.

Noa Bakehouse, Douglas has level access and a spacious disabled/family toilet. There is disabled parking in the nearby public car park, about 50 yards away, tel: 618063. This venue is now holding musical events too. Great soda bread.

Davisons Ice Cream Parlour on the Villa Marina Arcade, Douglas has level access. A disabled toilet is available within the Arcade. Tables are available to sit outside, however the traffic is noisy for those who are hard of hearing. Disabled parking is available through the main gates of the Villa Marina or can be accessed in Chester Street car park, both about 100 yards away, tel: 665000.

The Italian Job on the Villa Marina Arcade, Douglas had level access but appear to have closed the level access door and are now using one with a small step as their main door. A disabled toilet is available within the Arcade. Disabled parking is available through the main gates of the Villa Marina or can be accessed in Chester Street car park, both about 100 yards away, tel: 676905.

Cornmill Cafe, Laxey has a disabled toilet accessed from outside and has level access at the front of the building, tel: 863616.

West

The House of Mannanan offers level access and a disabled toilet for cafe users or exhibition visitors. Disabled parking is past the building in the parking area, about 60 yards.

The Boatyard Cafe, Peel has level access and a disabled toilet. The cafe overlooks the marina and Peel Hill. Parking is available on the quayside outside, but there is no designated disabled parking at present here, tel: 845470.

The Swiss House Glen Helen has level access and hand rails in the toilets which are too cramped for a wheelchair. Plenty of parking outside, tel: 801657.

Niarbyl Restaurant has level access, a disabled toilet accessed from outside the building, (so that other visitors can access it too), disabled parking just outside and a breathtaking view of the Western coastline, tel:843300.

Holidays and Short Breaks

If travelling away just seems too much trouble, the Isle of Man has a number of high quality accessible places to relax in. Choose between the serviced or self-catering sectors, whichever suits your needs best. All Island holiday accommodation is independently graded so you can rest assured that your chosen location does not disappoint.

The National Accessible Scheme has been introduced on the Island in 2014 to give you information about properties that have to be accessible to be included – for the accessible properties page visit www.visitisleofman.com/accommodation/accessible.xml

These properties have been independently inspected to comply with the UK National Accessibility Scheme (NAS). Alternatively check out www.visitisleofman.com then click on the Accommodation Search option, click on Accessibility Options, opt for the appropriate type, click search then scroll down to find what is available for the dates required on-Island.

Enjoy your Manx break!

Heritage Venues

To check out the accessibility of Manx National Heritage sites, see the link below:

http://www.manxnationalheritage.im/plan-your-visit/getting-about/accessibilty-information/

Motability scooters at Milntown House and Gardens are available for the less able who wish to visit. Book ahead so they are freshly charged up, tel:812321, email milntown@manx.net or view www.milntown.org.

Jurby Transport Museum has level access.

Isle of Man Motor Museum has level access and accessible toilets.