The content of this website has been designed to work towards standard 2.0 of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We aim to continually make improvements to meet these guidelines.

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Making the site accessible

The design and coding of the website has been implemented to support adaptive technologies (such as screen readers and text-only browsers).


How to change browser default settings for zoom, font size and colours

You may change the display font size, text colour and default zoom to your preference using your browser's settings:

Microsoft Edge users:

Select Menu > Settings > Appearance

Google Chrome users:

Select Menu > Settings > Appearance

Mozilla Firefox users:

Select Menu > General > Language and Appearance

Opera users:

Select Tools > Preferences > Web pages > Normal font then your chosen size

Safari users:

Select Safari > Preferences > Appearance then your chosen font and size

Note: Full features available may vary by browser


Keyboard navigation

You can use your keyboard to browse this website.

The 'tab' and 'shift + tab' keys can be used to navigate through links and form controls, and 'Enter' can be used to activate links, buttons, or other interactive elements. 



To conform to W3 accessibility guidelines, cascading style sheets have been used to create the layout of this site. However, the functionality and content are independent of this technology and users may disable the default style sheets to maximise flexibility with font resizing or implement their own style sheets in their browser preferences.

Please visit the W3 accessibility guidelines for more information.


Recite Me Web Accessibility and Language Toolbar

We’ve added the Recite Me web accessibility and language toolbar to our website to make it accessible and inclusive for as many people as possible.

If you have any questions about Recite Me you can contact them via email at or call 0191 432 8092. 

How do I access the Recite Me toolbar?

You can open the Recite Me Accessibility Toolbar by clicking on the Accessibility button in the bottom right corner of the page.

This button appears in the bottom right corner of every page of our website.

After you click on the Accessibility button, the Recite Me toolbar opens and displays a range of different options for customising the way the website looks and ways you can interact with the content.

To Close the Recite Me toolbar simply click on the icon marked “Close” to the right of the Toolbar.

How does Recite Me help me access this website?

Recite Me helps people access our website and customise the content in a way that works best for them.

The Recite Me toolbar has a unique range of functions. You can use it to:

  • Read website text aloud (including PDFs)
  • Download the text as an MP3 file to play it where and when it suits you
  • Change font sizes and colours
  • Customise background-colours
  • Translate text into more than 100 different languages
  • Access a fully integrated dictionary and thesaurus

You can access a PDF user guide by clicking here or watch the video guide below.