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Scope's Big Night Out in Manchester

Last Friday the boys and girls of Mancon went out to play, all in the name of charity..

Published on May 4th 2006.


Scope's Big Night Out in Manchester

Have you ever once stopped to think what a night out on the town is like for a disabled person? Before last Friday it certainly wasn’t really high on my top ten list of things to think about.

Although I am very familiar with the concept of not being able to walk by the end of a night, I’m not really accustomed to beginning a night out in that way… and I have certainly never had to find my way through a crowded club in a wheelchair.

Friday night was SCOPE’s Big Night Out – an event organised to raise awareness about disabled facilities in Manchester pubs (or lack thereof), and to survey whether Manchester’s night scene fits in with the city’s reputation as a forward thinking centre of equality and diversity.

Never missing a trick, the Manchester Confidential crew were there to take part, entering two teams to go head to head in the Big Night Out treasure hunt. Our teams, imaginatively named Man Con Girls, and, wait for it… Man Con Boys, were sent around pubs and bars in specially designated areas of the city with collection pots and surveys in hand, and of course a camera to provide evidence of all our ‘treasure’.

Meeting up with the other teams at Granada Studios at 7pm, we were briefed by Rebecca and Cathy from Scope, who gave us our information packs, told us which bars we were to survey, and gave us our list of ‘treasure’ to collect pictures of, including such gems as a smiling bouncer, one or more members of the team in their underwear, some members of the public doing the YMCA, and so on and so forth. You get the picture. Each item of treasure had a points value attached to it, depending on how hard the treasure would be to obtain.

Myself and the other Mancon Girls, dressed as beauty queens and proudly sporting ManchesterConfidential.com across our sashes, terrorised the good people of Deansgate Locks for the evening, collecting money for SCOPE and conducting surveys of disabled facilities in each bar. Thank you so much to everyone who participated – in particular the lovely landlady of the City Road Inn who contributed some candy jewellery to our costumes. Fashionable, and a tasty snack.

On the whole, the bars and pubs that we visited were extremely accessible and catered well for wheelchair users, with lifts, ramps, and easily accessible toilets. That is if you don’t count the massive pile of boxes blocking the entrance to Loaf’s disabled toilet and the fact that they didn’t even have a key for it. Handy.

The Boys meanwhile, with new recruit Vanessa as an honorary boy for the evening, visited the bars and pubs of Castlefield, which they found to be a tad disappointing on the whole disabled front. Castlefield in itself is hardly even accessible to high heels users, never mind wheelchair users, but the Mancon Boys found that the bars in this area didn't score too highly with regards to disabled access.

Meeting back at Tiger Tiger for fishfinger sandwiches and beer, each team was scored on their treasure collection and on the number of bars on their trail that they had managed to survey. With the ever so slightly competitive Kelly ‘Monica’ Ormesher at the helm, the Mancon girls tottered their way to a dignified second place in the treasure hunt, behind winners ‘Queens on Wheels’, on whose team was Paula Moulton, the only wheelchair user out on the evening.

Full results of the Big Night Out's findings will be published later this month.

For more information on SCOPE, click here!

Jayne Robinson
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