Gift Experiences at the House of Lords! - Paul's Latest Blog
Hello there blog readers.
A little delayed, but I thought I would share with you my recent visit to the House of Lords!
Open Britain Website
I was invited by Tourism for All UK to attend a launch reception at the River Room in the House of Lords. The purpose of the reception was to launch or Re-Launch the Open Britain website portal! Well, what can I say, it's a fantastic resource and whilst there is plenty more planned for the website, it is a most excellent resource for anyone wanting to know what Great Britain has to offer travellers with a disability! It goes without saying, you should take a look for yourself!
My journey to the House of Lords was trouble free, The very nice Black Cab driver guided me right to the Security man stood at the entrance to the House of Lords. Thanks to Brian Seaman (An independent Accessibility Consultant I know through TFA), the security guard was expecting me. After quite a bit of chatter on his radio and 5-10 minutes of waiting, someone came to the security booth to assist me to the River Room within the House of Lords. He did a nice little descriptive walk and when we arrived at the River Room, I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by Robyn Griffith-Jones!
Access New Business
Robyn is a member of the "Access New Business" organisation. Access New Business is a group of experienced tourism and leisure professionals who have a particular interest in helping the tourism industry and destinations benefit from the growing market of the disabled traveller and the aging population. Needless to say, Robyn was really nice, not simply because she took my coat and got me a cup of coffee, but she was great to talk too and described the amazing River Room that we were in.
The River Room was right on the far corner of the House of Lords and had 2 adjacent walls with large windows providing views out over the River Thames and the South Bank!
I was Just hanging around, talking to Robyn and another chap called Keith Richards (Not THE Keith Richards), when I was approached by a rather friendly lady called Tessa. Tessa runs the Park House Hotel which is owned by Leonard Cheshire Disability and is a most excellent hotel for people with disabilities. I met Tessa at the Naidex show last year as she is involved with the Holidays for All consortium and it was great to catch up again at the House of Lords.
Once the networking had been done, we had a number of people take centre stage and talk about Accessible Tourism and to top the list of speakers, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. I must say Baroness Grey-Thompson was a very powerful, passionate and motivational speaker, it was a pleasure to be there.
That's a wrap
Once the speakers had finished, I hung around for Brian Seaman who had been designated as the photographer for the day and he very kindly assisted me to the Underground station and sent me on my way.
All in all, it was a great experience, with a little bit of networking thrown in for good measure!
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