Free deaf awareness training for Bedford businesses ahead of Purple Tuesday

Purple Tuesday

A Bedford charity is offering free training to local businesses to make them more accessible to those with disabilities, ahead of Purple Tuesday on 12 November.

Purple Tuesday is a national initiative to highlight the challenges faced by disabled people throughout the UK.

This year’s focus is on changing the customer experience for disabled people, encouraging organisations to put in place practical measures to meet the needs of disabled customers.

Access Bedford is offering free Deaf awareness training on Friday 8 November at the Higgins Bedford for any business whose frontline staff would like to wear the purple Access Bedford badge on Purple Tuesday.

“The training sessions will give an overview of the different types of Deafness and some tips on how to make things more accessible for a Deaf or hard of hearing person,” explained Helene Bolton of Access Bedford.

“Anyone completing the training will be given a purple Access Bedford badge that shows that the wearer is Deaf aware and approachable to a Deaf member of the public.

“We’d love as many Bedford businesses as possible to come along to help us make the town more inclusive.”

The two training sessions take place on Friday 8 November at 11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3pm.

Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis and both sessions will take place in the Harpur Studio at The Higgins Bedford on Castle Lane.

To book, email