Rother Valley Country Park

At the moment we are working with Rotherham Council on the enterance to RV Country Park through the enterance at Brookhouse Rd, Aston. The gate enterance is now complete but several areas around the path leading into needs work but won’t be completed till after the winter.

Help wanted 

Help is required slightly out of the Rotherham area of Rother Valley Country Park. Someone that has access into the Park from both the Kill marsh and Beighton enterance hopefully with Mobility scooter or Wheelchair to run around the pathways and inspect the paths gates, access on paths etc. guidance can be given (no time limit at the moment).

Disabled people and older people access in Aston Cum Aughton

In the Next few months an organisation called Disabled Go are getting ready to work with Rotherham MBC to put on there website .  There information will be only taken on major venues totalling 2,000 in the Rotherham area including most restaurants, Parks, Riding schools and major shops in the town centre venues. They will not include how to get there and fall short of all of all the smaller shops and the businesses in the various villages. 

We intend to run a pilot getting reports from disabled and older people in the village of shopping problems, access both by pavements and in the shops. Assemble a directory and either put it into a Local Directory or Website. It will therefore be of great use plus identify to the shop keepers and businesses any problems which will include any products and services that may be required to be provided.

If this is successful it will be hoped to spread similar villages within the area.

Focus Disabled would like to the thanks for all the donations received from Del’s and Nisa, Paul Stanley, Terry’s Butchers and the owner of Go Local. The funds have been very useful in getting the organisation up and running.


We a disabled and carer self help group that has been set up as a self help group for Disabled people in the Aston cum Aughton area. To work at grass roots level that mainly none of the charities have time and facilities to operate.

Our main aim that the information gathered and acted on is generated and identified by Disabled people in there own District or area. Single people are not listened too because they in most cases are not considered in there area or district.  The instigation of the DDA2010 is alright for the government and council buildings but getting out and about in there area is a different area. The bigger the area the bigger the problem.

Being a self help group takes the frustration out of banging the head against a brick wall. It also helps the disabled people identify the problems in there area e.g. Kerb droppings, pedestrian refuges, Highlighting access problems to the smaller shops ,Parks and other areas of daily life in there area.

If the disabled person is looking into getting employment they can add onto there CV many experience of the following.

  • Voluntary work
  • Information collecting
  • Investigating problems and identifying contacts to respond to.
  • Communication skills with others in the group and with national or local bodies.

This along with helping the put pressure on local councils and business it will help present and future disabled people getting around. Usually due to the present cuts Disability officers on the council are either done away with or water down of the function usually of people who have little or non experience of what disabled people require. 


Focus Disabled was at Aston Festival on 6th August 2016.


First picture is of Ann Kingston and Tony Hill getting focus Disabled stall ready just as the event started. The third is Derek Yeardley networking with other stall holders and informing Disabled and older people about the support they could give or help they could receive from Focus Disabled.

Focus Disabled come active on the 26th October 2015, their representive is Derek Yeardley.

Audit of No Go Areas for Disabled in Aston Cum Aughton