Enable Me Provides Training To Improve Disability Awareness In Brighton Pub

enableEnable Me, the charity dedicated to disability awareness training, was recently appointed by The Mash Tun pub in Brighton, to improve staff awareness and create a more inclusive environment for customers with disabilities. The pub -having recently been in the public eye due to an incident involving a customer with a disability- made the decision to address the issue by improving disability awareness and participating in Enable Me’s training programme. All of the Mash Tun’s workforce received the bespoke training, helping to improve their awareness and understanding of disability whilst also creating a more inclusive social environment. Manager of the pub, Aaron ‘Azzy’ Williams explains, “The situation we experienced last month revealed that there had been certain gaps in our disability awareness training, and that whilst staff had previously acted with license objectives in mind, our awareness and understanding of disability was in need of improvement. When this came to my attention, I wanted to tackle the issue immediately and decided to appoint Enable Me to fill the gap that existed.” As a user-led charity, (meaning all courses are run by people with disabilities themselves), Enable Me specialises in awareness workshops and training programmes for businesses, schools and sports professionals. “The training was exactly what we needed.” explains Azzy, “It was insightful, informative and useful. All participating staff members found it very engaging. We now think more directly about our customers as individuals and we are conscious that assumptions are avoided. Our perception of disability has certainly improved and consequently, inclusivity in the bar has also improved following the training. We now consider ourselves an establishment that is disability aware.” Chris Jay, the Executive Chairman of Enable Me said, “Disability awareness is incredibly important aspect of all workplaces, especially those involving the public. Whilst we often associate disability with wheelchair users, it is critical that we remember that a vast majority of disabilities are in fact invisible therefore, we shouldn’t expect there to be visual evidence of disability. Developing awareness creates a more understanding, knowledgeable and empathetic workforce, that will in turn help a business be a more inclusive organisation.”