Making events accessible
Planning the event: Choosing a date
- Avoid significant dates that might affect whether people can attend the event. This could be for religious reasons, major sporting events, cultural anniversaries, etc.
- Avoid assumptions around when people are and are not available to attend the event
- Be aware of the different prayer times of different faiths
Service users gave useful advice on this issue:
Use a faith calendar to plan events and avoid religious festivals. You can find a list of religious holidays and definitions at: www.interfaithcalendar.org.
Think about the day of the week you hold events on. For example, Jewish people are unlikely to attend an event on a Friday evening or Saturday.
Remember Muslim prayer times – these change slightly each day and in winter and summer. See www.islamicfinder.org for more information.
Make sure the event does not clash with important religious dates. Some leaflets in different languages may be useful as some faith groups do not speak English.