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Accessibility

We are committed to making our online information accessible to all visitors and are striving to adhere to accessibility guidelines. Our efforts include:

  • Maintaining a standard layout and navigation structure throughout 
  • Using headings, paragraphs, lists and other HTML (HyperText Markup Language) to create a logical document structure 
  • Allowing visitors to resize all text using their browser settings 
  • Using plain backgrounds to improve the readability of all text 
  • Using foreground and background colour combinations which have sufficient contrast and are not known to cause problems to those with visual impairments 
  • Using alt attributes and/or titles on all images where appropriate, and ensuring that all alt and title attributes are meaningful 
  • Ensuring all hyperlinks use descriptive and meaningful text 
  • Avoiding short-hand language such as 'Click here' 
  • Using a written style that is straightforward and understandable

We are always trying to improve our website. If you have any comments on our accessibility policy, or suggestions about how to improve the site please contact us.

Website accessibility is about making websites easy to use for all users regardless of ability, language, education or technology.

This site has been designed to be accessible to a wide range of users. Below are some of the features used across this site.

Text Size

Some users might find screen text easier to read by increasing the size at which it is displayed. The option to resize text on the site is located at the top of every page. From here you are able to increase or decrease the size of the text.

As an alternative solution, users can hold Ctrl on their keyboard and use either the mouse scroll wheel or the - or + keys to zoom.

Access Keys

If you have difficulty in using a mouse or similar device, we have implemented a standard access key system to help you move around the site.

Below are the access keys in use on this site:

  • S - Skip Navigation / Go to main content
  • 1 - Home Page
  • 2 - News
  • 3 - Site Map
  • 4 - Search
  • 6 - Forthcoming Events
  • 8 - Cookie Policy
  • 9 - Contact Us
  • 0 - Access Key Details

Different web browsers use access keys in different ways so make sure you know which web browser you have and what keys you need to press.

Browser Access Keys

The table below lists some of the common browsers and their shortcut keys.

Browser Access Keys
Web BrowserModifier
Chrome Alt on Windows and Linux
Ctrl
+ Opt on Mac
Firefox Alt + ⇧ Shift on Windows and Linux
Ctrl
on Mac (up to v14.0) 
Ctrl
+ Opt on Mac (v14.0.1 and higher)
Internet Explorer Alt
Opera ⇧ Shift + Esc must be pressed before access key
Safari 3  Ctrl for Mac
Alt
for Windows
Safari 4 and higher Ctrl + Opt on Mac
Alt
on Windows