Drake Circus turns purple for UK's first Accessible Shopping Day

Plymouth’s premier shopping destination, Drake Circus, will light up purple on November 13 in recognition of the UK’s first accessible shopping day.

Purple Tuesday is coordinated by disability organisation Purple, with the endorsement of the Department for Work and Pensions and aims to increase knowledge and awareness of the needs of disabled customers by supporting long-term change to business and organisations.

Nearly one in every five people in the UK has a disability or impairment, and more than half of households have a connection to someone with a disability. Despite this, there are still barriers that make it harder for disabled people to find work, spend money online and in-store, and enjoy a drink or a meal out.

Drake Circus will be joined by Living Options Devon and Access Plymouth, who’ll be speaking to customers about the activities and services they provide.

Access Plymouth supply the mobility scooters and wheelchairs at Drake Circus, but they also provide transport to bring people to and from the city.

Living Options Devon provides training and a range of services for local businesses linked to disability and accessibility issues. It also supports people with disabilities, including those using British Sign Language.

Drake Circus offer a range of facilities all year round for disabled customers, including a DDA compliant customer service area and a Changing Places registered care room.

Centre Director, Greg Lumley said: “We’re delighted to get involved with the first Purple Tuesday event this November.”

“The accessibility of the Centre is extremely important to us, and it’s also a great opportunity to refresh training with our staff and retailers to ensure we offer our customers the best possible experience ahead of one of our busiest times of the year.”

Drake Circus is Plymouth’s most popular shopping destination with over 70 of the UK’s top brand names and biggest stores in the region under one roof. For further details of what’s happening at Drake Circus visit www.drakecircus.com