Accessibility Info

We believe it’s fundamentally important to strive towards accessibility in all environments but we feel that, as feminists, we have a particular duty to ensure that the spaces we create can be attended by all women, queer and non-binary people who wish to engage and/or contribute. We aim to make this event as accessible as possible but we recognise that we’re not experts on the range of different impairments/disabilities people may have and the physical/mental diversity of all the people attending our events. We’ve written the following guide to give you an idea of the issues we’ve considered in planning our festival and to ask for contributions and feedback on ways to make things better.

If you’re anxious about attending our event (or any events in the future) please get in touch with us. We’d be happy to talk to you via email or facebook or meet up ahead of the event.

We would encourage anyone who is thinking of attending with any specific requirements or queries to contact us directly so that we can discuss providing solutions or work on alternative options to ensure your needs are met. We welcome questions, feedback and criticism if there are aspects of accessibility you feel we could improve on or issues that need further consideration. All discussion will be taken seriously and kept confidential. Please get in touch via ladiyfestsheff@gmail.com.

All genders are welcome at both venues.


QUAKER MEETING HOUSE
10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW

The Quaker Meeting House (QMH) is wheelchair accessible and located in central Sheffield, close to the Cathedral and within easy reach of public transport and NCP car parking. Access to the QMH is via a level entrance and the building has automatic doors and lifts to all levels. We will be using all three floors of the building, all of which have accessible toilets. An Infra-Red hearing loop is also available if requested in advance.

On the ground floor there will be a quiet room which is available to be used by anyone attending as well as the children of any adults present (if supervised), LaDIYfest organisers, workshop facilitators and stall-holders. This can be used for people to sleep, be silent, or attend to access needs. More information available here.

We’ve scheduled regular 15-minute breaks throughout the day and a timetable will be available to view in advance of the event. Some workshops will be child-friendly but we’ll also provide a supervised children’s room at the QMH so please bring your children along if you’d like to (more details to follow). Children/teenagers under 15 can attend the day time event for free.

All genders are welcome at both venues (and in all workshops) so PAs of any gender are welcome to attend (and with no door charge). Refreshments are available throughout the day at the Quaker Meeting House and vegan/vegetarian lunch will also be available to buy at a low price. Larger print programmes will be available on the day. As well as an accessible toilet, gender netural toilets with urinals will also be available at both venues.

We have workshop guidelines and an accessibility policy which have been passed on to all facilitators. Disablist language is never welcome at our events. Please let one of the organisers know if you experience/witness any language or behaviour which you find to be unacceptable. A LaDIYfest organiser will be present in each workshop to ensure that safer space guidelines are followed and assist anyone who asks for support.

Please go here for more information on our safer space policy, and feel free get it touch if you have any concerns about any of the topics we’ll be discussing at LaDIYfest or if there are people who you believe may be attending the event that you believe would create an unsafe space.

The QMH is a 10 minute walk from the Redhouse, our evening music venue. Here is a map showing the route. The Blue Moon Cafe, a tasty vegetarian cafe, is located next door to the QMH and open until 8pm if you would like to get your dinner there between venues. The Blue Moon Cafe is also wheelchair accessible.

If you would like to contact the QMH directly to ask any questions about the building or the accessibility then they can be reached on this address: office@sheffieldquakers.org.uk.

Transport to the Quaker Meeting House

  • By Rail

The Quaker Meeting House is about a 15 minute walk from the train station. If you would like to get public transport from the station take the Supertram (Blue or Purple line) accessed via the main station overbridge, to the Cathedral stop (2 minutes’ walk from the Quaker Meeting House). Alternatively, the regular 95 or 120 bus leaves the bus interchange opposite the train station and stops on Church Street, a 2 minute walk from the venue.

St James Street leads off the Western side of the Cathedral courtyard (down the side of the Blue Moon Café).

Here’s a useful website for planning your public transport: http://www.yorkshiretravel.net/journeyplanner

  • By Car

The closest car park is Campo Lane MSCP (on the junction with Vicar Lane, S1 2EF) or the Qpark on Rockingham Street. However, city centre car parks are often full. Reliable parking can be found at Meadowhall (off the M1 Junction 34) or Parkway Park & Ride (off Sheffield Parkway A57, just to the East of the City Centre). These are both served by the Supertram, as above.

  • By Taxi

If you need to call a taxi at any point of the day, Mercury offer a reliable ring back service and text details of the vehicle you will be expecting – 0114 2662662. Black Hackney cab taxis are available to flag down on the street or from the train station rank and throughout the city centre.

St James Street leads off the Western side of the Cathedral courtyard (down the side of the Blue Moon Café).


REDHOUSE
168 Solly St, Sheffield, S1 4BB

The Redhouse has one small step at its main entrance and a side entrance (at the drive-way) which is wheelchair accessible. The venue is all on one level and has an accessible toilet (and gender neutral toilets for this event). All the doors in the venue fit wheelchairs but are not automated. The main gig room has no seating provided but we/you can bring chairs or stalls through from the side rooms if that’s helpful. The side rooms have plenty of seating and tables which provide space away from the music (but won’t be silent – the sound travels). The small outside/smoking space out the back of the venue is much quieter.

There will be 15-minute breaks between each band. There will be alcoholic (and non-alcoloholic) drinks served at the venue and it is only open to people 18 years and older.

Parking isn’t great in this area, but there are some on-street disabled parking bays on Red Hill (just off Broad Lane) and on Scotland Street. Broad Lane is partly served by the 51 bus, but you may be better walking through town via the Quaker Meeting House directions as above.

If anyone is anxious about attending, you’re very welcome to arrive early and hang out with members of the collective before the gig starts, we like new friends! Any questions, please get in touch.

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