Minister helps to launch new access guide at Homelands in Fife

MSP Fergus Ewing meets with Alistair Clarke, Simon Allan , Dave Paton and Kelly Dynes from Homelands Trust at The Paxton Centre

MSP Fergus Ewing meets with Alistair Clarke, Simon Allan , Dave Paton and Kelly Dynes from Homelands Trust at The Paxton Centre

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Homelands Trust Fife recently welcomed Fergus Ewing, minister for business, energy and tourism, who helped to launch the charity’s new Access Guide.

During his visit, Mr Ewing - who was accompanied by Chris McCoy, equality diversity manager and head of Visit Scotland’s Accessible Tourism Programme - was treated to a tour of accessible lodges at the Lundin Links site with Simon Allan, chairman, Dave Paton, development co-ordinator, trustee Alistair Clarke and Kelly Dynes, volunteer counsellor.

The new guide, available on request or online, aims to provide an honest and informed appraisal of what the customer should expect. This can be anything from the car parking arrangements, door widths, the height of the dining room table or what additional support and equipment is available.

Mr Ewing commented: “The Scottish Government remains fully committed to ensuring that everyone should have a chance to enjoy all that Scotland has to offer.

“That is why I am delighted to be able to help Homelands launch their access guide, which outlines their great range of facilities and services that enables individuals and families affected by a range of disabling conditions to enjoy a holiday from normal daily living.

“Improving accessibility has real potential to help achieve our growth ambitions for the tourism industry and boost the wider economy as well as enhancing social equalities.”