Motherwell Shopping Centre is going purple on Tuesday 12 November. The purpose is to back and support Purple Tuesday, UK’s second accessible shopping day. Hundreds of balloons and ribbons will be placed along Brandon Parade South and in the street furniture to raise awareness on inclusive shopping and the benefits this has for disabled people and retailers.

Geraldine ElMasrour, the centre’s Manager, highlights the importance of backing this initiative. “We work to make sure everyone can enjoy an inclusive shopping experience. Purple Tuesday is a great initiative to emphasise exactly this and focus on the benefits that accessibility brings to the whole community”.

The Centre parking facilities are endowed with more spaces for disabled people than legally required. All of their shops are on ground level and the existence of a service such as Shopmobility in the town centre makes it easier for people with mobility issues to access the premises.

Following their Dementia Awareness Training, they recently had the support of Sam Hunter from the Disability Access Panel, who provided the staff with visual impairment training. The Customer Service Team has also received training from North Lanarkshire Deaf Services Charity, complementing the readiness of all the employees, businesses and facilities to offer an accessible shopping experience for everyone.