Siobhan Fennell

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Matt Allwright, Siobhan Fennell BCAc, Jonny McQuarrie, One Stop Stores

Siobhan is the founder of ‘Accessible Belper’, a voluntary venture established to ensure the town of Belper in Derbyshire was accessible for all people with all ranges of disabilities.  Despite living with advanced Multiple Sclerosis, Siobhan, herself a wheelchair user, has campaigned strongly for accessibility, inclusion and awareness in her community.  She has motivated a diverse range of people and recruited a team of volunteers who assist her in raising awareness to all businesses and organisations within Belper.

Through her tireless efforts Siobhan has achieved this by presenting training awareness for all individuals, businesses, local councillors, schools and local ambassadors, and has developed partnerships with Disability Derbyshire, Coalition for Inclusive Living, Dementia Friends, Alzheimer’s Society and MS Society.

Siobhan’s drive in establishing Accessible Belper comes from her own experience as a quadriplegic woman with no movement from the neck down. Despite having MS for many years, Siobhan has worked to transform Belper into a national example of a welcoming, workable and accessible town for people with all kinds of disabilities.

Although Siobhan’s health is steadily deteriorating, she is maintaining her fighting spirit and involving herself with Accessible Belper to ensure disability equality.