Ways to make your events more inclusive

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Inclusivity matters in events because who wants to be a part of a party where they are constantly being excluded while others are frolicking around, having the time of their lives? Yawn! Inclusivity fosters an environment that promotes diversity and shows that everyone from different backgrounds is equally important. We all deserve to feel comfortable and included to express ourselves without fear of being judged or ridiculed. So let’s get our inclusive game on and make sure that everyone feels welcome at every event, whether it’s a small gathering or a grand ballroom dance. Remember, life can sometimes be tough, but sometimes all we need is a good party to ease our minds and bring us together as one big happy family!


Here are some ideas of ways to make things more inclusive.

  • Consider accessibility needs for all attendees
  • Provide gender-neutral restrooms
  • Offer diverse food options to accommodate dietary restrictions
  • Ensure speakers and performers represent a range of backgrounds
  • Use inclusive language in all event materials and communication
  • Create a safe space policy and enforce it consistently
  • Provide ASL interpreters or closed captioning for presentations
  • Offer childcare services to make events more accessible for parents
  • Encourage feedback from attendees to continually improve inclusivity efforts

St Patrick’s Day.

Saint Patrick’s Day: A Celebration of Irish Heritage. Every year on March 17th, people all around the world don their greenest attire and raise a pint of ale to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.

This holiday is not just an excuse to party, however; it is a celebration of Irish heritage and culture. In this article, we will explore the history and origin of Saint Patrick’s day, the traditional foods and drinks associated with this holiday, the various traditions and celebrations that take place on this day, as well as how it is celebrated around the world.

Saint Patrick’s Day has been celebrated for over a thousand years in Ireland. It is named after Saint Patrick, who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. According to legend, St. Patrick used a three-leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans. The holiday was originally observed as a religious feast day by the Catholic Church and was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century.

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City in 1762 when Irish soldiers serving in the English army marched through the streets of Manhattan. Over time, this parade grew into a celebration of Irish culture that spread throughout America and eventually all around the world.

Traditional Irish fare is an essential part of any Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. Corned beef and cabbage are staples at many St. Paddy’s Day dinners. Although corned beef is not typically eaten in Ireland on this holiday (it was more commonly pork), it has become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day in America due to its popularity among early Irish immigrants. Irish soda bread or brown bread is another common dish associated with St. Patrick’s Day meals, made from flour or wholemeal flour, baking soda, buttermilk or sour milk (or yoghurt or stout beer) baked into a round shape with a cross cut into it before baking.

Drinks also play an important role during these festivities – Guinness stout beer being one such drink that has become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day itself worldwide. But whiskey too holds its own against beer for consumption on this lucky occasion – Jameson being one among many other brands which make whiskey drinking popular during festivities surrounding St.Patrick’s day celebrations.

In addition to feasting on traditional food dishes and enjoying hearty drinks like beer & whiskey – people have embraced certain customs unique to celebrating St. Patrick’s day!

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One such custom includes wearing green clothing items like shirts, hats, sweaters etc…to honour Ireland (The Emerald Isle) itself because green symbolizes new beginnings & good luck!

Shamrocks are also widely popularized during these celebrations due to their link back to Saint-Patrick himself – They are symbolic of his teachings regarding Christianity and became known as “the emblem” for Ireland post his arrival there centuries ago!

Parades are also held worldwide often including music, dance performances involving traditional tunes played by bagpipers along with floats featuring art displays depicting scenes from mythological legends tied back to Celtic heritage!

In addition to parades held across major cities like Dublin, Cork, Galway etc…they also celebrate through attending mass at church! Another way they celebrate involves visiting family members’ gravesites where they leave flowers or decorate them using colourful ribbons etc…as part homage paid towards ancestors past!


This often continues through ceilidhs-an evening filled with socializing, singing, dancing ending late into night hours involving lots of fun-filled revelry-which takes place at community centres throughout rural areas within Ireland.

St.Patrick’s day may have originated within Ireland but today its reach extends far beyond borders. To put things into perspective, it is estimated that over 100 million people around globe celebrated this event last year alone-chances are you were probably one among many too, right?

New York City hosts one amongst largest iconic parades leading up Fifth Avenue lasting hours showcasing marching bands adorned colourfully dressed participants wowing audiences lining streets often culminating outside city hall where grandstands await crowds eager see what happens next!

Chicago dyes its river bright green each year adding extra charm during weeks leading up till celebration time! And did you know Tokyo has its very own parade filled with dancers decked out head-to-toe dressed up as leprechauns & other mystical creatures?!

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St.Patrick’s day may have started out as small religious feast-day centered around honouring Irish patron saint for his contributions towards introducing Christianity but over time has transformed into much larger global phenomenon associated with merriment, cultural heritage, and yes – lots of fun!

From feasting on delicious foods like corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, stews & soups, to indulging rich hearty drinks like Guinness Stout Beer/Irish Whiskey ,to participating variety activities including music, dance, -it can’t be denied that St.Patty’s Day brings together communities celebrating all things Irish while fostering sense unity across cultures too… Sláinte!

100 Incredible Years.

Write a letter to your 100-year-old self.

Hello Me,

I can’t believe I reached a 100 years old, or have you cheated and opened this to read early? I know you’re nosey and may have forgotten what you wrote all these years ago.

Pink Birthday cake with Happy Birthday on it.

If you (I) really have just had your 100th birthday then, bloody hell, I’m awe-struck in amazement!! As I write this, the world is beautiful, but lets be honest, it’s got itself in a right old mess!!

Climate change is affecting our world, which is impacting on our environment and therefore our daily lives. Flooding, heatwaves, earthquakes and other natural phenomenon are occurring more and more, and in new places where they haven’t happened before. I mean only yesterday I read an article online saying that England is likely to be hit by a Tsunami. I am guessing either that didn’t happened, or you managed to evacuate (I wonder where to) in time. Thank goodness!!


I hope you we got a 100th Birthday card from the King/Queen this year, or has the Royal Family been removed by now? If not, I wonder who is the Head of the Royal Family now.

At this moment it kinda feels like the country is falling apart and goodness knows what has happened as the Social Care System isn’t great. I hope you ended up having your own home, and are still living there happily with any care requirements you may have being provided suitably. In which case either things have improved, or you won the lottery – literally I mean.

I know technology has changed tremendously in my lifetime so far, I can’t being to imagine what has been made possible since. I mean, are you even living on the planet Earth now, or have we inhabited another planet?


Please say hello to all I know who are still about, and remember to always say ‘I love you’ to the ones you truly love.

Sensational Shopping.

Where would you go on a shopping spree?

If I had lots of money to go on a shopping spree, then this is what I would do. First of all I’d be thrilled and amazed, then I’d be heading outta the house and to the shops.


New clothes definitely on the agenda. I’m not sure where you’d shop, but personally I love Bonmarche’ . They have a really good selection in a range of sizes (sizes 10-28 I think) and styles, and the products are priced sensibly and are of good quality, on top of this, their staff are always welcoming, friendly and willing to help. This makes them my favourite clothes shop, and is where almost all my clothes come from.

If you haven’t considered shopping here, then why not have a peek. https://www.bonmarche.co.uk/


After this I would go and have a light lunch at a cafe, something simple such as a sandwich and crisps, and a cuppa tea.

Now it’s time to get back in the car and head to the garden centre where I’d probably end up spending a small (or not so small) fortune on plants, pots, and raised planters, if there was any money left after that then I’d also purchase a small shelving type of greenhouse ready for seeds to be grown in, and to protect some of my plants over the winter.


I would absolutely buy some patio fruit trees, and also a peach coloured rose – but one with a delicious scent, I do feel that a rose should smell gorgeous.

Now it would be time to head back, and exausted after all that shopping, I’d order a takeaway meal, almost certainly a pasta dish, with cheesy garlic bread on the side.

What does Sunday mean to you?

When I was growing up Sundays would traditionally be a day for going to Church, and having a roast dinner. The shops would pretty much all be shut. It was considered a sabbath day, and a day of rest.

Nowadays fewer people go to Church, the shops are open from 10-4 on the whole, and there are generally various events going on. A far cry from the past!

Now I’m not saying one is better than the other, just different. After all, just because the shops are open, it doesn’t mean you have to go there on a Sunday.

It does mean that if a family member is working Monday to Saturday, they can still get a chance to shop or enjoy a family event together. So as you see there are positive aspects in the changes.

Personally I tend to have Sunday as a relaxing day doing not much, but just potter about the place and go at my own pace.

How do you spend your ideal Sunday?

A stained glass window from a Church.

Inclusion isn’t the same as Belonging.

Just because you’re included doesn’t mean you feel like you belong so inclusion isn’t the same as belonging.

I’ll explain further. Take this example a group of classmates decide to go bowling in and out for a meal in the evening they invite you along including you in the event you’re not left out.


However when you get to the bowling alley you find there are steps down to where the actual bowling is. Now being in a wheelchair you can’t get down those steps. So while everyone else is bowling, you are left at the top having a drink, while you watch anyone else having fun. You don’t feel like you belong.

After this you all go to the pub for a meal together. The pub is it totally accessible, your friends checked it out in advance, and booked a table you could easily get to.


They made sure the pub catered for everybody’s food requirements, and you all have a brilliant time, that’s when you feel like belonging!

As I’ve shown you are included on both things, but only one of them make you feel like you truly belong there. That’s the difference between the two.

Everybody should always feel like they belong, it’s lonely otherwise!

Everyone loves to play.

We all love to play, and to do fun stuff. Activies may be enjoyable in many different formats, but considered as play by the person enjoying whatever form it may take.

Play is a way in which we learn, it is a way of exploring new ideas, different activities, and experiencing emotions in a safe environment.

It is vital to our development as humans (it’s essential to animals too), yet as I sit here and write this, I am sadly all too aware that disabled children (and adults too) miss out on so much of this.

Play areas, are rarely inclusive. They may think they are, ok so your local playground has a safe surface that a wheelchair or someone with mobility issues can get across or navigate safely, but…… Once we look beyond that, how much of the playground equipment is actually inclusive?

If you can’t walk safely, or climb safely, or you use a wheelchair, what is there available for you to use?

Would it be easy to navigate if you had sight-loss of some kind? What can be reached from a wheelchair? Is there any wheelchair accessible play equipment?

Please, next time you go past a play area, or any other play related activity place, look again and see whether you think its truly accessible and inclusive. The majority are not.

Let’s make it the automatic standard to have accessible play areas, the equipment is out there. If its accessible for people with a disability, then it’s accessible for everyone.


Child running whilst turning a playground roundabout with sit on animals on it. The roundabout is raised above ground level.

Norwich – my favourite place

What is your favorite place to go in your city?

I think my favourite place in Norwich has to be the Norwich Theatre Royal https://norwichtheatre.org/whats-on/

They put on truly incredible 🎭 performances there, the shows are amazing!!!

I have seen so many wonderful shows there, some locally produced and some London shows too. Loved watching Evita, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, pantomimes, and many other wonderfully played events.

The theatre does it’s best to be as accessible as possible for all, and provides a good amount of wheelchair places where you can sit with friends/family and enjoy it all together.

There’s a bar area, and you can eat at the theatre too, or at the Assembly House https://www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk next-door.

The theatre have disabled loos, but not a changing places one, however, there are changing places loos nearby which you could use before or after the show I believe.

Norwich has two shopping centres (malls) in the city centre, both near the theatre, and as far as I’m aware both have a changing places loo. I know that Chantry Place does, and I’m 99% sure that Castle Quarter does as well. Castle Quarter’s is more likely to be open layer, as that shopping centre has a cinema which will be used up till late at night.

View of theatre curtains.

The best care?

So many people out there need that little bit of extra help, or care, if you prefer to use that word. But, what is the best care to give them?

Everyone is an individual who needs someone or something else in their life to help it be a life full of fun and quality living, not just living, but being alive and feeling alive!

What a disabled child, or disabled adult needs in the way of care will differ between each individual, but it’ll also be very different to what a frail 88 year old beds for example.

There isn’t a one answer solution, which means absolutely NO, no way should care homes be the automatic standard solution given and recommended by local (or national) government providers.

They struggle to give suitable support now, and that’s generally for pretty much one age range, the elderly. Who all each have their own needs, even the elderly vary so much. Some people choose care homes, and that’s a choice which should be recognised as theirs to make.

They may feel unable to cope day to day safely at home, and prefer to have the reassurance of help being nearby, and the social goings on, as well as being surrounded by a small community whist having their own private room and bathroom.

A huge number of those who need care of some sort to help with daily life, are of working age, quite a few actually do work in someway, whether it be going to work, working from home, running their own business, or in a voluntary capacity either in the community or from home. Now this would immediately become impossible for most if they were compelled to give up their existing life and move into a care home – bare in mind that there’s no guarantee as to where that place would be, it might well not even be local to where they live now.

Others are unable to work, but still with the right support are able to manage living at home and have a thriving social life, should they be expected to just give that up? I think not. There lives aren’t any less important than the people who are rich and famous, or those who run big businesses. Who are we to say sorry, but your life doesn’t matter.

The best care, is the care that adds value and independence for each individual person. Everyone gives back to their community in some way, whether it just be a fantastic smile and greeting that makes the other person happy and improves their day, or they run a local charity event. We all touch our community in a way, but some just need that little bit of extra time and care so they can join in with and share that sense of community and give back in their own unique way.

Let’s care in the best way as both a community, but also as nation. #bekindalways