National Children's Centre

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Brian Jackson House, 2 New North Parade, Huddersfield HD1 5JP, UK

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  • Accessible parking spaces
  • Accessible toilets
  • Changing Places
  • Help points
  • Lifts
  • Personal assistance
  • Step-free access

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The main entrance to the Yorkshire Children’s Centre has a smooth concrete ramp up to automatic doors, allowing easy access into the spacious reception area. The reception desk has a lowered section that means conversing with the receptionist from a wheelchair is really easy, and the waiting area has comfortable arm chairs and some room for wheelchair users. All of the staff and friendly and willing to provide help if you need it. There is a lift by the entrance to the stairwell to access other floors.
Directly opposite the main entrance is the café, which again has a counter low enough to talk to the kitchen staff comfortably. All of the tables are at a normal height, and chairs can easily be moved to accommodate a wheelchair. There is plenty of space to move between them. The café is even happy to provide water for any service dogs, which are welcomed in the building.
The corridors to rooms are wide, completely level, and the carpet is easy to move across in a wheelchair. Disabled toilets are available with grab rails and emergency pull cords in easy reach, although full changing facilities are not included to the best of my knowledge. The doorways into rooms are manually opened, but I managed to get through them independently with very little trouble as they were not heavy. Inside the rooms, all of the tables are accessible and easy to move around. The building has many windows letting in a lot of natural light, and the artificial lighting in the building is also excellent.
The car park for the centre does not have disabled parking spaces, and there is very little room for taxis to drop visitors off. However, there are a few bus stops on the main road nearby, and the train station is directly next to the venue. The kerb drops outside the venue are uneven but surpass-able in a wheelchair, and there is a small cobbled section to cross.

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