Barriers Check

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Experience barriers and different starting points.



1. Barriers Check presentation (10 min)

What is a barriers check?

How did the himmelbeet came up to it → through inclusion counsellor organisation and reflections about old/new garden.

Important: a real barriers check can be run by people which daily experience barriers themselves.

It is important that is from the perspectives of the people with different starting points and backgrounds/ with disadvantages.

2. Today's activity

We are not able to run such a check since we could not organise the “experts”/people which may experience barriers in daily life.

We had to consider: how can we adapt the presentation and this topic into an interactive activity? Today we would like to propose a method, which aim is sensibilisation (and not a real barriers check)


3. Practical part

We will organize in small groups.

Each group will receive a role the can “dive in” (write roles on cards).

The aim is, trying to experience the surroundings and the day activities from another perspective (list of actions/moments of the day).

Collect the points of view/experiences.

Report in the bigger group.

We will also have the observers, with the similar questions of yesterday. They can evaluate the putting into practice of the method


4. Break

After this we will have a small break and then circa 25 minutes for the feedbacks about the method itself.


5. Further aims of the method itself

  • awaken empathy

  • change point of view

  • understanding privileges


6. Inputs from the method for GARDENS partners

How can you implement this method in your garden or organization?

Do you know organization working on this topic in your country or city?

Which may be key words in your language for this search?


7. Examples of different roles for barrier check

  • children (giving an age indication may be helpful)

  • one single-mother with three children

  • one short-sighted person or a blind person

  • one person with restrained mobility

  • f.e. moving by wheel chair (important to say: there are different kinds of wheel chairs, f.e. active whelle chair or electric one)

  • one person who cannot understand the language of the place, just arrived and new in the place


8. Questions

  • Which barriers or obstacles do I experience?

  • What could help?


9. Main levels of check

  • How to get TO the garden

  • How to get IN the garden

  • How to cope within the garden


10. Stations/Situations


How did your day started?

Which were the first actions you were doing?

Which were your first thoughts?

How was your travel to the garden?

How is for you to GET into the place ?

(to enter the garden)

Which impressions and feeling do you have looking at the garden from outside?

Which feeling do you experince by entering the place?

Which barriers do you experience?


How was for you the visit of the project / the tour?

(if a tour has been offered to participants)

How was the language?

How do you feel in the group?

How is it generally to move in this place?

Move now from one part of the garden to another part.

Can you read the signs?

Do you find here relevant informations?

How was lunch for you?

Easy to access? Easy to understand what is on the menu?

How is it to use the toilets?
Can you communicate with other participants of the day?
Can you easily find a place to rest or sit?
What is missing, which could help to understand more about the project?


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