Sometimes it's not easy to get to all the places that you want to visit, perhaps because you have a physical disability, are an older person, or find getting around difficult. Planning ahead can make things easier because you can contact the places you are going to and find out what kind of access arrangements they have.
The DisabledGo online access guide provides information about around 1,000 venues across Barking and Dagenham including shops, restaurants, pubs, leisure facilities, local council offices and other public venues. Visitors to this website will be able to find out quickly whether a public building has, for example, accessible parking close by, staff trained in sign language, large print materials available, or adapted toilets.
We have also linked with other websites to provide a comprehensive guide to health and transport facilities in and near the borough. The websites are linked below:
- If you are planning a visit to a doctor, dentist, chemist or optician please click here. This site includes routes from drop off points to the main accessible entrance plus interactive layouts of the building allowing you to see photos and access information at the click of a mouse.
- If you are travelling on the tube please click here. This site provides all the details about all the stations accessibility as well as individual platform information.
- If you are planning a trip to an airport, please click here. The Disabled and Reduced Mobility Airport Guide which covers multiple accessibility issues at the Airport. The guide has been created to help relieve some of the stress and worry which is very common among disabled persons when travelling through unfamiliar environments such as an Airport. Included in the guide is information such as travelling with visual impairments, breathing problems, flying with guide dogs, travelling with autism, wheelchair access, help at the car park and much more.
Direct Gov - Information about Access
Direct Gov is a government website. Their 'Everyday Access' pages provide information about access and links to websites like Direct Enquiries which can help you find out about access in your area.
Barking and Dagenham Access Group (BADAccess)
The Access Group was established to help raise awareness and promote disability issues. For many years the group have been campaigning for access and equality and have worked closely with the Local Authority to aid improvements within the borough.
- Consults on all major planning applications ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation.
- Works with disability organisations and charities offering advice and guidance to local residents and businesses.
- Works alongside the boroughs Public Transport Liaison Group forum which recently established Transport for London Sub Regional Mobility Forum, which gives our borough a voice regarding transport provision.
- Have established an Access and Planning Review Forum (APRF) which meets every second Tuesday of each month to discuss and ensure the borough is a safe and accessible environment for all disabled residents.
If you need assistance or would like to get involved in the Access and Planning Review Forum please contact:
Public toilets and RADAR keys
The RADAR Scheme is a national programme that makes it easier to access public toilets.
If you think a RADAR key would be helpful, either you or your carer can apply for one. A key will cost you from £3.50. You can visit the RADAR website for more information and apply for your personal RADAR key online.
Getting in touch
Adult Intake and Access Team
Phone: 020 8227 2915
Minicom: 020 8227 2462
Phone: 020 7250 3222
Phone: 020 8215 9630
Disability Information Advice Line (DIAL) UK
Address: Galleon Hall Day Centre, Boundary Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 7JR
Phone: 020 8594 4119 (local) / 01302 310 123 (national)
Fax: 020 8593 7219 (local) / 01302 310 404 (national)
Minicom: 01302 310 123 (please use voice announcer)