Prudhoe Goes Purple on Tuesday

Shops in Front Street, Prudhoe are dressing their windows with  purple displays  to mark Purple Tuesday, the U K’s first ever accessible shopping day to be held nationwide on Tuesday 13th.

Purple Tuesday has been created by the Essex based disability organisation Purple and is supported by national chains like M&S and the The Cooperative. Shops supporting Purple Tuesday are making extra efforts to  welcome customers with disabilities and doing their best to make their shops accessible to people in wheelchairs.

In Prudhoe, Purple Tuesday has been organised by Prudhoe Community Partnership which is awarding a £100 prize to the best dressed purple shop front.

Kate Stanforth, a Partnership trustee who has led the initiative, says

“We are delighted at the turn out which show shops are backing the project. When I am out in my wheelchair, I know it can be difficult to get over the front step unless the shop has a ramp”

Prudhoe shops involved include Elizabeth Evans Opticians, Tyne Valley TV, Bed and Chair Centre, Wades Opticians, Ready Steady Knit, Ginevra’ Coffee Bar, Balls Fish and Chip Restaurant, The Co operative,  Gilmour Estates, Prudhoe Library and Relate Charity Shop.

Pauline Edwards, who owns Ready Steady Knit and is also a Partnership trustees says:

“There are lots of simple ways that shop keepers can be more welcoming by gift wrapping or home delivery for customers with disabilities. Ready Steady Knit offers a ‘tootnkumout’ service for disabled customers to collect their goods without leaving their car.” 

According to Purple,

  • Almost 20% of U K adults have some form of disability, the vast majority of which are ‘invisible’ or hidden.
  • Four out of five disabled people say they and their families have left a store or website because of poor service or accessibility issues.
  • The Purple Pound ( the collective spending power of disabled people and their families ) is £249 billion a year.

The Partnership is providing posters, bunting and badges to shop keepers and encourages everyone to Go Purple and shop in Prudhoe next Tuesday

Town Survey: The Results are in!

The results of the town survey conducted by the Partnership in May and June have now been independently analysed by Community Action Northumberland. They include some outspoken comments about the facilities in Prudhoe, both positive and negative, and a wish to improve the town centre at Front Street. Read the full results here.

Services for older people are rated highly but services for young people and disabled people need improving. Waterworld and the new Police Station come in for criticism and there is a call for more jobs in Prudhoe and better public transport round the town.

But overall  people rate living in Prudhoe highly. Four out of five  respondents rate Prudhoe as a good place to live. One in four rate Prudhoe as excellent. There are lots of positives to build on.

Partnership trustees will consider the recommendations at their next meeting in November. In the meantime, if you have comments or suggestions please email them to spetchells@prudhoe.org

 

 

Prudhoe gets star rating at AGM

The first results of how residents rated Prudhoe  were revealed at Prudhoe Community Partnership’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday evening ( July 17th). Out of 500 replies from questionnaires and a poll at the Town Fair, 23% rated Prudhoe an excellent place to live and 33%% voted Prudhoe  as very good.

 

Margaret Boonstra, a Partnership trustee,who organised the survey ( pictured front left with other trustees who worked on the survey) , said she was delighted that 83% of respondents awarded  Prudhoe  three stars or more. Only 12 % said Prudhoe “could do better” was  5% that Prudhoe was “ not  so good” . Cllr Jennifer McGee commented that she was pleased to see such positivity.

The survey showed dissatisfaction with   services for young people and approval of services for older people. A large majority wanted the town centre to be improved and would like to see a wider range of shops. Margaret  Boonstra emphasied that these were “first glimpses” of the survey, undertaken in May and June, which were being analysed by Community Action Northumberland. A full report and recommendations will be available in the Autumn. A first glimpse of the results, presented by Margaret at the AGM are available here.

 

The guest speaker at the AGM was Emma Richardson, ( above)  Poverty Lead at Northumberland County Council who spoke about how community mapping could help a  town like Prudhoe realise its strengths and improve wellbeing. She said it was important to  share resources and improve community networks so that everyone achieved  full potential. review Emma’s slides here.

The Partnership manages Spetchells Centre and reported that all the rooms and facilities had been fully used this year , with Northumbria Police moving its staff into the Centre last December. The Partnership had undertaken initiatives on community transport and access to shops during the year and had sponsored two workshops for developing community leaders run by Mortal Fools, who are based in Spetchells Centre.

At the end of the meeting the Chair, George Hepburn, paid tribute to Eileen Burt who has moved to Jarrow and was retiring  after 18 years as a trustee. George said that few people had contributed as much to the life and development of the town.  Eileen recounted working with architects and builders to commission Spetchells Centre, which opened in 2001, and her leading role in developing two new shops and flats on Front Street in 2016.  She said that her involvement with the Partnership had given her opportunities that she would never have dreamed of and encouraged others to get involved as well.

Prudhoe Community is a registered charity working to make Prudhoe a better place to live and work and welcomes new members to help shape its future activities.