We have tried to make the site as accessible as possible for all visitors and we will continue to develop its accessibility based on feedback from user testing. 

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of our site, so if you find anything on the site difficult to use or read, please let us know.  Email or call 01273 405 800.

Accessibility Standards

Our goal for the website is that all pages should meet the Priority 2 (Level AA) checkpoints of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

A limited number of pages, such as those displaying maps provided by Google, do rely on JavaScript and will not be accessible to users of certain assistive technologies or users who have turned off JavaScript in their browsers.

We will continue to try to improve the accessibility of the website, and your feedback is important to us for this.

Accessibility Features

We have made the site as usable as we can, but you might have a better experience if you change the settings on your computer to suit your individual needs. For example, you can change the site’s colours, increase the text size, or have the site spoken aloud. 

To customise your experience using accessibility features, click on the 'Accessibility' button below to access the Recite Me Accessibility Toolbar. 

Site Features 

Recite Me Accessibility Toolbar

Recite Me is innovative cloud-based software that lets visitors to our website view and use it in the way that works best for them.

We have added the Recite Me web accessibility and language toolbar to our website to make it accessible and inclusive for as many people as possible.

The Recite Me toolbar has a unique range of functions. You can use it to:

  • Have the text on our website read aloud (including PDFs)
  • Download the text as an MP3 file to play it where and when it suits you
  • Change font sizes and colours
  • Customise background colour
  • Translate text into more than 100 different languages
  • Access a fully integrated dictionary and thesaurus

You can open the Recite Me Accessibility Toolbar by clicking on the pink 'Accessibility' button below. After you click on the pink 'Accessibility' button the Recite Me toolbar opens and displays a range of different options for customising how the website looks and how you can access the content.



You can find out more about how Recite Me works from the Recite Me user guide.

Descriptive link text

When the author of a site uses descriptive link text, all links on the page will make sense even when read out of context. For users of assistive technology (e.g. screen-readers) this can allow them to quickly jump through pages of text to find relevant links.

Meaningful ALT attribute on images

Most images on this site contain additional 'alternate' text that is stored with the image. This allows users who otherwise wouldn't be able to see the image access to the stored information. Although this can help users of assistive technology (e.g. screen-readers), this also applies to visitors who disable images because of a slow internet connection.


This website is compatible with Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 and above, Safari, Firefox and Chrome.

Google Translate

The Google Translate tool (in the footer of the website) enables you to choose from over 100 languages to change the text on the website into a language you are familiar with.

PDF and Accessibility

Visually impaired users may have trouble reading PDF files with screen reader software. To overcome this you can go to the Access Adobe website and use their online conversion tools for Adobe PDF Documents.