Grimm & Co Access Statement

Please find information below about accessibility at Grimm & Co.

Although we are always looking to improve our access provision, our building is very old and has some limitations. The information below includes a detailed description of our space and the facilities we can currently offer.

We are committed to including all young people in all our workshops wherever possible. Please do get in touch if you think a young person hoping to attend a workshop would need anything specific from us that isn’t covered below.

Our priority is always the safety and wellbeing of young people and unfortunately there may be times when our facilities and capacity can’t
adequately meet their needs. We are always looking to review and improve upon this.

If you would like any further information or have any questions, our Access officer Sarah Christie would love to hear from you. You can contact them at info@grimmandco.co.uk or by calling Grimm & Co on 01709 829750.

We will always try as hard as possible to address any barriers you might face if you are thinking of visiting us.

This access guide covers:
 Accessibility headlines
 Getting to Grimm & Co
 Our building
o Entrance
o Inside the shop
o Toilets
 Visiting or coming to a workshop

Accessibility headlines

There is level access to our building and staff can meet you on arrival.

We have an accessible gender neutral toilet in our shop. This toilet is not to Changing Places standards.

We always have First Aid assistance on site.

We welcome assistance animals and can give them water to drink.

We have an accessible lift to our first floor workshop space.

Getting to Grimm & Co

Travelling by train, tram train, or bus:

By train and tram train:
Rotherham Central railway station is the only railway station in Rotherham.  This is also the station for the tram train. It is 0.4 miles/650m from Grimm & Co and the postcode is S60 1QH.

Staff help is available at the station, and details of this can be found by calling 0808 156 1606. There is a lift for platform access and ramps for access to the ticket office. There is a taxi rank at the front of the station but there are no dedicated pick-up/set down points.

The route from the station to Grimm & Co is tarmac or concrete slab pavement with drop curbs at crossings.

There is one main exit from the station. When exiting the station, turn right to go down Bridge Street. As you go down this street you will cross a bridge over the river.

At the end of the Bridge Street, turn right onto Bridgegate (there’s a Yorkshire Bank on the corner of this street). Go to the top of Bridgegate, where you will see All Saints Square (an open, paved area) and the Minster.

Turn left to cross All Saints Square, and then turn right onto College Street (there’s a large British Heart Foundation shop on this street).

You will see Grimm & Co at the end of this street, on the corner of Doncaster Gate and Wellgate. Once you reach the top of College Street, cross Doncaster Gate at the pedestrian crossing in order to reach Grimm & C o.

This route is mostly flat, with a slight upward incline on Bridge Street and Bridgegate.

By bus:
Rotherham Bus Station, also sometimes referred to as Rotherham Bus Interchange, is 0.3 miles/490m from Grimm & Co and the postcode is S60 1EY.

The bus station has level access throughout. Staff are available to help and there is an assistance point.

The route from the bus station to Grimm & Co is tarmac or concrete slab pavement with drop curbs at crossings.

To reach Grimm & Co, exit the bus station concourse via its south-west exit. The south-west exit is where buses both enter and exit the bus station, and is the exit that is closest to Rotherham town centre. Upon exiting the bus station, cross Frederick Street and go up Bridgegate (there is a Yorkshire Bank on the corner of Bridgegate). At the top of Bridgegate you will see All Saints Square (an open, paved area) and the minster. Turn left to cross All Saints Square, and then turn right onto College Street (there’s a large British Heart Foundation shop on this street).

You will see Grimm & Co at the end of this street, on the corner of Doncaster Gate and Wellgate. Once you reach the top of College Street, cross Doncaster Gate at the pedestrian crossing in order to reach Grimm & Co.

This route is mostly flat, with a slight upward incline on Bridgegate.

Travelling by car:
The closest car park that has good level access is Forge Island. It is about 0.4 miles/600m from Grimm & Co and the postcode is S60 1QE.

The route from Forge Island to Grimm & Co is tarmac or concrete slab pavement with drop curbs at crossings. The route is mainly flat, with some slight inclines.

Forge Island car park charges £3.50 for full day parking and is free on weekends. Once you drive into the car park you can park anywhere in the main area, but must pay for parking in this area by cash using exact change at the machines.

Forge Island has at least eight spaces available for blue badge holders, although parking charges may still apply.

To reach Grimm & Co, exit the car park by going under the ‘Welcome to Rotherham’ sign over the white bridge. Cross over the river and go
through a small shopping precinct. Upon exiting the shopping precinct, cross Corporation Street onto Upper Millgate. At the end of this street you will see you will see All Saints Square (an open, paved area) and the minster. Continue straight across All Saints Square, and then turn right onto College Street (there’s a large British Heart Foundation shop on this street).

You will see Grimm & Co at the end of this street, on the corner of Doncaster Gate and Wellgate. Once you reach the top of College Street, cross Doncaster Gate at the pedestrian crossing in order to reach Grimm & Co.

Near to Grimm & Co there are four accessible parking spaces. These are located at the top of College Street. These are free to park in for three
hours (with no return within two hours).

Close to Grimm & Co, there are two more car parks. These are Wellgate North (a small outdoor car park with a few accessible spaces) and Wellgate multi-storey car park (which has lifts but which might not be suitable for all users).

Drop off and pick up points
If you are being dropped off or picked up, our drop off/pick up point is on College Street. Blue badge holders are able to pull up on the concourse at the top of College Street. This area is less than 20 metres from Grimm & Co, which can be reached by using pavements and crossing one road.

There are a few loading only parking spaces on Wellgate (these are outside Shaun’s Caribbean restaurant). There spaces are within 25 metres of Grimm & Co, which can be reached using pavements and crossing one road.

We are able to come and meet you at either of these drop off/pick up points if you need any assistance getting from here to our shop. Please just let us know in advance so we can make sure someone is available.

Our building
Entrance


A photograph of the entrance to Grimm & Co

Grimm & Co is entered through a level access double door. This door will need to be hooked open to allow wheelchair or buggy access. However, shop staff are always around and will come and assist if you ring the doorbell. The doorbell is on the wall to the left hand side of the door and is 130cm from the ground. The double doors open outwards, and when both are open there is a 115cm space to pass through.

Inside the shop


A photograph of the shop counter

When you enter the shop you will see the shop counter in front of you where our staff will be working.
We welcome assistance animals and can give them water to drink. There is a relief area for assistance animals nearby in Clifton Park (400m away).  The route to the park is about 400m up an inclined pavement with a few side roads to cross. At the top of the street there is a main road to cross before entering the park.

The shop floor is mostly level access except for our small library area, which can be reached using seven steps.

Our shop contains a number of stands and tables displaying our products but there is space between these for wheelchairs and buggies to pass through, and a central area large enough for wheelchairs and buggies to turn.  There are no seats or chairs on the shop level but please ask our staff if you need one and they will get one for you. The library area has a small number of chairs and tables.

Our shop smells strongly of fragrance due to the products we make and sell here.

The temperature of our building changes a lot and we use portable heaters and fans to help with this.

Our shop counter is not at an accessible height for wheelchair users, but staff will serve you in front of the front of the counter and are used to doing so.

There is a lift with level access on the ground floor. This can be used to gain access to our first floor workshop space. The minimum width of the lift is 80cm, and depth is 138cm.

Toilets

A photograph of the accessible toilet with door closed and door open

There is an accessible gender neutral toilet with level access on the shop level.

The toilet door is extra wide (94cm) and inside measures 120cm by 104cm.  The door opens outwards and has a lever handle and a grab bar on the inside. There are also grab bars on both sides of the toilet and next to the sink. An emergency call button can be activated by pulling the red string on the left hand side of the toilet.

There are no baby care items in the toilet and it doesn’t contain a changing table.

This toilet is not to Changing Places standards. The nearest Changing Places toilet is 1.5 miles away at:
Rotherham Hospital
Moorgate Road
Rotherham
S60 2UD

You can also use this location map to find your nearest Changing Places toilet: http://changingplaces.uktoiletmap.org/

Grimm & Co has toilets in its first floor workshop space, but these are not wheelchair accessible. Please let us know in advance if you or someone you know will be using a wheelchair in our upstairs space as we will be able to make sure you can use our downstairs accessible toilet.

Visiting or coming to a workshop


A photograph of the Writer’s Pad

Our workshops take place upstairs in our Writer’s Pad. This space is usually reached by using a flight of stairs, but you can also use our lift to get there.

If you or anyone you know are anxious or nervous about visiting Grimm & Co and attending one of our workshops, we can arrange a pre-visit to show you around our space in a way that helps you feel comfortable.  These visits could also be run as touch tours. If you would like to have a pre-visit please contact our access officer and they will be able to help you arrange this.

Space is provided on workshop registration forms for you to give details of any access needs that children and young people attending workshops may have.

We have breakout spaces available for those that need a bit of time out during our workshops.

We have ear defenders available for anyone who needs them, and we also have a small collection of sensory/stim toys available for use.

We don’t currently have any staff who are able to communicate using BSL and we do not have an induction loop available. We are working towards having a portable induction loop available.

We have eight digital tablets available for any visitors that find it easier to communicate this way. Please just ask a member of staff for one.

Food and drinks are served during workshops. This is normally water/squash and a choice of biscuit. Biscuits are always nut free. There is space on registration forms to note down any food allergies attendees might have and you can also discuss this with us in more detail by email or telephone.

Young people are only able to bring their own food and drink to workshops if it is part of a special diet.

Use of prescription medicines is allowed if you share details of this with us in advance. There is space on the workshop registration form to let us know about this, and you can discuss it with us in more detail by email or telephone.

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