Who are we?

Tweeddale Access Panel is a group of volunteers, both disabled and able-bodied, all working together to improve access and inclusion for people with disabilities in our local community.

We do this by raising awareness of the problems faced by people with disabilities, and helping to change attitudes amongst the general public about the need for inclusive access.

Our Panel was set up in 1989 and is a registered Scottish Charity.  We are one of around 40 Access Panels in Scotland which are funded, supported and guided by Disability Equality Scotland, to improve the lives of disabled people.

What benefits do Access Panels bring?

Access Panels can help their communities in lots of ways including:

  • Creating a better physical environment for all;
  • Assisting local authorities, public bodies and designers meet their statutory obligations;
  • Promoting full social inclusion;
  • Empowering all members of the community;
  • Keeping access issued to the fore.

Whilst much of our activities are about access to places, such as shops, public buildings, restaurants and leisure facilities, we are also interested in improving access to healthcare, employment, education and transport.

How do Access Panels Work

Panels provide a valuable service in their communities by, for example:

  • Liaising with local authorities, health services, social housing providers and other public bodies on all sorts of access matters;
  • Undertaking site visits;
  • Researching and publishing local access guides for disabled people.

How can you help?

Get involved!  Joining the Panel is easy and a great way to help improve accessibility.  You can learn new skills, help with promotional campaigns and surveys, give support at events, and help with research and publicity.  You can be sure that whatever time and commitment you are able to give will help make a difference in our community, and will be much appreciated.


Volunteers can be individuals with disabilities, people representing disability organisations, or others who simply have an interest in disability or have relevant experience which they can bring to the group.

If you are interested in joining Tweeddale Access Panel, or would just like to know more about us and what is involved contact us by email at or visit the website on