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Rod MacFarlane award 2017

Angus Access Panel is delighted to announce that the Rod MacFarlane Award 2017 has been awarded to Forfar Community Campus. A new building, which opened its doors to the public and to the pupils of Forfar Academy earlier this year, the campus replaces the old Academy, as well as ANGUSalive’s Lochside Leisure Centre and Forfar Swimming Pool.

Chief Judge and chairperson of the Angus Access Panel, Agnes Mackay said: “Forfar Community Campus is an outstanding building, which is well thought out and goes to great length to provide accessibility for all those who will use it. There is a varied mix of spaces available to pupils and the public, with level controlled access for the different groups.”

Ian Buchanan of Disability Equality Scotland, who also helped to judge this year’s award added: “The building benefits from wide corridors and doorways and good signage throughout. It has Lift Access throughout and the use of colours on each floor is creative. It is also pleasing to see height adjustable work stations in place, sinks in class rooms and good signage throughout the building. “The toilet facilities are outstanding and there are three Changing Places toilets located within the building.

“Leisure facilities are superb and highlight perfectly the way in which the design of equipment and facilities can maximise accessibility. This includes a height adjustable pool, with ease of access for disabled wheelchair users and staff fully trained on how to use these resources.”

The Award is named after Rod MacFarlane. Before his death in 1994, Mr Macfarlane was a campaigner for disabled people through his work as a regional councillor, Chairman of Forfar and District Access for Disabled Trust and the first Chairman of Angus Access Panel.

Accepting the award on behalf of Angus Council, Project Manager Dave Smith said: “We are very pleased to receive this award.  This comes as recognition of the partnership working between hub East Central Scotland, Robertson Construction, the Design Team and Angus Council to ensure that Forfar Community Campus is accessible to all.

“Accessibility was a key consideration of this £39-million project. It has been delivered through the facilities and resources provided by Forfar Academy, the wide-range of culture leisure and sport delivered by ANGUSalive and the opportunities delivered here by our communities team.”

Forfar Campus

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The Rod MacFarlane Award is presented annually to buildings or facilities buildings or facilities in Angus that demonstrate the most positive efforts being made to encourage the inclusion of disabled people. 

Warddykes Primary School was presented with a Highly commended earlier in the day. 

Rod MacFarlane award 2016

The Rod MacFarlane Award is named after Rod Macfarlane who died in 1994 and was a champion for disabled people through his work as a Regional Councillor. Rod was also Chair of the Forfar and District Access for Disabled Trust and first Chair of the Angus Access Panel.

Each year the award is presented to buildings or facilities in Angus which demonstrate the best examples of positive efforts being made to encourage the inclusion of people with disabilities.

After inspecting eight properties, the 2016 award was presented to The Adam Centre, Montrose. The day centre was designed by local architects John D Crawford Ltd. Timmergreens Primary School, Arbroath received a highly commended.

The presentations were made on 8/12/2016 at both buildings by the Chair of the Angus Access Panel, Agnes Mackay.rodmcf2016adam

Rod MacFarlane Award 2015

rodmcf3  The 2015 award was presented to Rebecca Cottage East Row Carnoustie. The property is owned and administered by the Spina Bifida Association and recent improvements have been made by Brunton Design Studio. The presentation was made at the Cottage by Depute Provost of Angus Alex King  on Thursday 25th November

The improvements consisted of the installation of a stair lift, to enable access to the upper floor. The accessibility of the bathroom and toilet improved by a hoist from the ground floor bedroom with the further advantage of being able to lower and raise the disabled person safely into and out of the bath.

A new entrance door and ramp to the Cottage with a new covered and secure entrance porch.

Rebecca Cottage is an excellent example of how design and equipment can be combined  to fully facilitate a building for the use of a family with a disabled person   to use for holiday accommodation.

 

Photo (left to right) Agnes Mackay Chairperson of Angus Access Panel, Depute Provost of Angus Alex King, Andrew Wynd Chief Exec Spina Bifida Association,  Roger Brunton and Lynne Fenton Brunton Design Studio,  Malcolm Morrison Special Advisor Access Panel, David Dewar vice Chairman Access Panel.

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting 22nd October 2015
At this meeting Bill Logan from SDEF gave us a presentation, and Michelle Donoghue  from Action on Hearing Loss gave us a presentation of the work she carries out.
After which we elected the new committee. As always we are always looking for more members if you feel you would like to contribute contact us.

Rod MacFarlane award 2014

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Rod MacFarlane award this year was presented to Lily Bank Resource Centre, Arbroath Road, Forfar, today on 24th November 2014.

The building has recently been given a makeover to provide improved movement within the building with wide corridors, fully accessible changing rooms, toilets and showers with tracking hoists. The access to the building has also been widened making the building provide a very comfortable place for all service users and staff at the centre.

The award was presented by the Provost of Angus, Mrs Helen Oswald at a short ceremony at the centre. ( picture above)

Each year the Award is presented to buildings or facilities in Angus which demonstrate the best examples of positive efforts being made to encourage the inclusion of disabled people. There were four buildings nominated this year.

The Rod MacFarlane Award is named after Rod MacFarlane who died in 1994 and was a campaigner for disabled people through his work as a regional councillor, chairman of Forfar and District Access for Disabled Trust and the first chairman of Angus Access Panel.

AGM 2014

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Agnes Mackay (Chairperson) and Lorna Cameron, Guide
Dog Trainer with Jarvis.

Young People’s Competition

Angus Access Panel is delighted to announce that the winner of the Young People’s Competition 2014 is Maddie Farquhar, Kirriemuir.  This year’s theme was ‘disabled people and shopping’ and Maddie’s entry was chosen from over 60 entries from Angus schools and youth groups.

Winner of the 5-7 year old age group – Daniel Booth Woodlands Primary School.

Winner of the 8-10 year old age group – Darcie Bartle .Carlogie Primary School.

Winner of the 11-13 year old age group – Maddie Farquhar, Kirriemuir.

Young Peoples Competition

Maddie being presented with a shield and book token by Agnes Mackay, Chairperson, Angus Access Panel

Canmore Bowling Club

Agnes Mackay is delighted to receive a cheque for £530 on behalf of Angus Access Panel from Canmore Bowling Club, Forfar who held a charity bowling day.

 

Canmore Bowling Club

2013 Rod MacFarlane Award

Montrose Sports Centre receives the 2013 Rod MacFarlane Award.

Montrose Sports Centre

Agnes and Marion present award to Provost Helen Oswald

Rod McFarlane Award 2014 – applications are being received for this year’s award.

 

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