Walk and Talk (usually 1 - 2 days) 
Using our own access checklist, we conduct walk and talks with you or a representative from your organisation, reviewing the access of premises and their management. These are usually short exercises (e.g. half day/day maximum) culminating in a brief summary report or notes taken by the client as the assessment is taking place.

Full Access Audit (usually 3-5 days)
An access audit can be a longer process of surveying premises and their management in terms of their accessibility to all people including disabled people. This may also include a pre-audit. It will involve initial site visits, meetings with relevant parties (e.g. access officers/managers or architects etc.) to gauge how much work will need to be done. A further visit will generate a more substantial report of the auditing exercise including images, recommendations and a narrative summary of what was audited. These can last from a few days to several weeks and are dependent on the scale of the premises and budgets.

Many thanks for your Access Audit Report. It's brilliant. It's really well laid out, easy to read and packed full of useful information and advice.  It's an incredibly useful tool to enable us to move forward in making our buildings more accessible.  We will endeavour to make easy changes quickly and to build bigger changes into fundraising and development plans.  Thanks also for the marketing review. Another useful report. We really enjoyed meeting you and sharing our concerns.

Access Consultancy
We provide access consultancy to a wide range of organisations. This can involve reviewing policies, working practices, attitudes and communications. Examples include: employment and recruitment, exhibition layout and design, audience development etc. Use it as a stand alone exercise, or as part of a strategic move to becoming more diverse and inclusive.  And if you are an Arts Council England funded organisation, we can support you in making your contribution to the Creative Case.

Nick Goss, Shape trainer

We can support you with:

  • Evaluating your implementation programme
  • Development of your access action plan
  • Deploying ‘mystery shoppers’

Mystery Shopping 
This is a short exercise whereby our assessor uses your facilities as a member of the general public and reports back on what was accessible and easy and what needs to be improved. They will report on toilet facilities, parking, lifts, general layout and attitude.

Much of our work is done in partnership with Nick Goss Consultancy Ltd (NGL).  All NGL auditors are National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) qualified.

For overseas organisations please contact us via [email protected] or visit www.shapearts.org.uk/international 

Contact us
Tel: 020 7424 7330 ¦ Textphone: 020 7424 7368  ¦ Email: [email protected]

Access services FAQ

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of City Bridge Trust for our access and training work in London, helping us make the capital a more inclusive and accessible place for disabled people.
top - access assessments at SESC Unidade, Brazil, with Shape trainer Barbara Lisicki
main body - Shape trainer Nick Goss