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Perth Christmas Lights Switch On

Perth Christmas Light Switch-on is on Saturday 16th November 2019.

We are working with PKC and Perth Autism Support to make this event as accessible as possible for everyone. There will be a mobility area outside St Matthews Church, a shop in the St John’s Centre will be turned into a quiet area and staffed by Perth Autism Support and the Keep Safe Venues in the area will be open and on hand to provide any help required. Below you will find information about the event which we will keep updating as the event get closer.

  • Toilets
    • Changing Place Toilet
    • Click here to see more information about Changing Place Toilets.
      • The Changing Place Toilet at 2 High Street will be open for the duration of the event.
        • There will be a steward on the door at the corner of High Street and Watergate to gain access.
      • The Changing Place toilet at Bells Sports Centre will be open until 5pm, this is further away next to the North Inch
    • Accessible Toilets
      • Click here to view our Access Guide, you can find accessible toilets suggested by our members towards the end of the guide.
      • There will be accessible toilets available at:
        • St John’s Shopping Centre (Radar Key)
        • Wetherspoons, Tay Street (Radar Key, wheelchair access at back)
        • Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street
        • Gillies Furniture shop, Mill Street
        • Brown and Blacks, St John’s Place
        • Perth Theatre
      • There will be portable accessible toilets available at George Inn Lane, South St John’s Place and Horsecross Plaza
    • Radar Key
      • If you have your own Radar Key remember to take it with you for easier access to the accessible toilets, if you would like to find out how you get a radar key click here
      • In Perth and Kinross you can apply for a Radar Key at Pullar House.
  • Keep Safe Scheme
    • The Keep Safe Scheme has been set up to help disabled individuals that may feel unsafe or have difficulties going out on their own
    • How it works
      • Anyone who lives in Perth & Kinross and has a disability or may need help can have a Keep Safe card
      • The card has their own personal details on it which they complete on the application form.
      • The card has their own personal details on it which they complete on the application form.
      • People will carry the card with them and if they need help for any reason such as they have had a fall, they need to sit down for 5 minutes, they feel unsafe or they would like someone to call a contact for them, then they would go into a participating venue who would be able to help them
    • Venues that will be open in the City Centre for the Light Switch on – This will be updated soon
  • Venues that will be open in Perth City Centre on 16th November:
    • Cex, St John’s Centre – open 9am-7pm
    • Giraffe Cafe, South Street – open 9am-4.30pm
    • AK Bell Library – open 9.30am-1pm
    • Perth Concert Hall – open 9am-6pm
    • Kisas Restaurant, Mill Street – open 9am-11pm
    • Marks and Spenser, High Street – open 8am-7pm
    • Sandeman, Kinnoull Street – 10am-12.30am
    • Tesco, South Street – open until 10pm
    • Twa Tams, Scott Street – open until 12.30am
    • Willows Coffee shop, ST John’s Place – open 7.30am-9pm
    • Wetherspoons, Tay Street – open until 12.30am
    • Cafe Central, St John’s Centre – open until 6pm
    • Perth Theatre, Mill Street – open until 11pm
  • Quiet Area
    • Perth Autism Support will be on hand at a shop in the St John’s Centre where there will be a sensory area and quiet space for people who are overwhelmed by the event or just need a space to feel safe in.
  • Asking for help
    • We will have a number of Stewards around the City Centre and specific Stewards at the mobility area. They will all be dressed in Yellow Hi Viz Jackets with Forth Crossing on them. All Stewards will be in Radio contact with the Event Organisers.
    • There will be Community Police Officers walking the streets that will be also be able to help with any issues you have.
  • First Aid
    • There will be a first aid station located at Horsecross Plaza which will be manned at all times, we will also have roving first aiders and back up by the Scottish Ambulance Service complete with paramedic crews.

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