Nowhere to Go

Nowhere to Go is a collaborative project funded by Newcastle University’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account researching the lack of accessible toilets in Northumberland.

It will explore the difficulties disabled people face accessing appropriate toilet facilities and the negative public attitudes which contribute to these difficulties. The project is running May 2017 until April 2018.

Carers Northumberland

The research is building on a series of community based projects undertaken by Newcastle University politics students working alongside Carers Northumberland, but draws primarily on a pilot study conducted during 2016. (view pilot study). The work highlighted the diversity of issues facing disabled people and their carers, multiple exclusionary effects and a range of responses to potential solutions.

This project aims to consult a larger group of stakeholders and develop new partnerships with them, implement a co-production model working directly with partner organisations and disabled people and carers, identify a set of clear outcomes to enable effective action and to secure funding for implementation.

The planned stages of the project are as follows:

  • Interviews with lead officers from key organisations – May to July 2017
  • Half day workshop to discuss an interim report - September 8th, 2017
  • Engagement with disabled people and carers  October 2017 – Jan 2018
  • Second half day workshop and final report - March 2018
  • Funding applications submitted to implement agreed proposals – March-April 2018

Stage 1 is completed and the results of that work are summarised in our interim report, which can be found here.