Company Corner: Sociability

Company Corner: Sociability

At Patchwork Hub we’re driven by our mission to create a more accessible and inclusive world for all. As such, we’re also passionate about sharing the work of value-aligned organisations that share our vision. Continuing our Company Corner series, we recently caught up with Gem Turner - one of our previous Patchworker Spotlight stars - at Sociability. Sociability is an award-winning app that helps disabled people to find accessible places and the peace of mind to explore the world around them. 


What is Sociability?

Sociability is an app that helps disabled people to find accessible places and the peace of mind to explore the world around them. We’re changing the way the world thinks about accessibility and making the world a more sociable place for all.

Sociability’s mission and main aims as an organisation

We’re on a mission to organise all the world’s accessibility information and to use it to remove barriers for disabled people everywhere. 

At Sociability, we believe that knowledge is power in an inaccessible world. By giving disabled people detailed, accurate and reliable accessibility information in advance, we know that we can empower more disabled people to go out and about and do the things they want to in society with greater confidence and peace of mind. 

We’re a disabled-led company, full of disabled team members – so we know the challenges that disabled people face first-hand. Indeed, Sociability was born out of the lived experience of our founder, Matt – a wheelchair user himself – and his struggles to find accessible places as an international student in the UK.

Today, Sociability seeks to empower disabled people everywhere to find the places that suit them – whilst also building a fun and supportive community of disabled people too!

Why are accessibility and disability inclusion important to your company?

Accessibility and disability inclusion are central to everything we do at Sociability because we are a disabled-led company full of disabled people. We believe that disabled people are talented, passionate and driven – but know that they often need things tweaked here and there to allow them to fully demonstrate this and perform to the best of their ability.

At Sociability, we’re on a mission to change how people think about accessibility and disability inclusion – in particular, to change these from nice-to-haves into must-haves for any successful and thriving organisation. By working closely with both disabled people (our users) and businesses (our clients), we’re helping to break down stereotypes, build better communication and drive sustainable change for all.

What do you think is the biggest challenge your industry will face in the next 5 years?

Ultimately, everything hinges on awareness. At the heart of our industry is the understanding that disabled people deserve to be able to access the world around them with greater ease, and that they want to do the things that non-disabled people do all the time. Unfortunately, today, this is still not a widely held or accepted belief – although it is rapidly changing. 

The greatest challenge we’ll face over the coming years is to continue to push this message to more and more people so that, one day, we’re no longer asking for change – it is expected.

Do you have any tips/advice on how to create a more inclusive working environment?

At Sociability, the most important thing we do is listen. At the end of the day, our job is to listen to our users so that we can build the most impactful product we can. Similarly, within our team, it’s equally important to listen to feedback and to learn how we can better improve our working environment, processes and systems to be as accessible and inclusive for all.

What have you found most helpful in the progression of your company?

As a small but growing company, it’s been really important to find talented and passionate team members to help drive our work forward and push our reach and impact to greater heights. This is by far the most important part of our success to date and we’re excited to continue to grow and find others who want to join the mission and help change the world.

Sociability’s motto

Ask More. Get More.

Final words from Sociability

If you’re interested in what we’re building or would like to get in touch, reach out to us via email ([email protected]) or socials and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Separately, feel free to join any of our upcoming Mapping Days – it’s a great way to meet the Team and others in our growing user community!

 

Want to find out more about Sociability? Check out the links below:

Sociability’s Website

Sociability’s Instagram

Sociability’s LinkedIn

Sociability’s Facebook

Sociability’s Twitter

 

Published: 20th July 2023

All Tags
Ability Connect Academy for Disabled Journalists Academy for Disabled SEO Specialists Access2Funding Accessibility Accessibility information Accessibility int he workplace Accessibility ramps Accessible education Accessible locations Accessible places Acid reflux Adaptive fashion Advocacy AI Aleto Foundation All Saints Alt text Aspiring Entrepreneurs with Disability Development Programme Assistive technology Autism Awareness Barriers Beth Kume-Holland Blog Budgeting Bullying BUPA Burnout Business Business Disability Forum Business model creation Business skills Business workshop Businesses Cancer Candidates Captions Cash flow Cerebral palsy Characters Charity Charity sector Chronic pain Closed captions Clothes Clothing Cognitive disabilities Comfort zone Communication Community networks Companies Company Company Corner Company culture Confidence Confucius Consultant Consultation Content creator Content designer Data talent Diagnosis Difference Digital and social media marketing Digital transformation Disabilities Disability advocate Disability advocates Disability and Neurodiversity Network Disability awareness Disability Awareness Training Disability community Disability confident Disability Confident Leader Disability employment Disability inclusion Disability news Disability Policy Centre Disability Pride Disabled Disabled candidates Disabled community Disabled founders Disabled people Disabled People’s Direct Action Network Disabled talent Disabled team Disabled-led Diverse Diverse workforce Diversity Diversity and inclusion Diversity Project Diversity Recruitment Platform Domestic violence Dysfluency ED&I EDDP Education Education and resource platform Employment opportunities Employment platform Empowerment Equality Act 2010 Ethnic minorities Eventbrite Expert teachers Expert training Fashion Fashion industry Fathom Feedback Finances Financial goals Financial planning Financial plans Financial services Financial services sector Flexible work Freelance FTSE 100 Fund management GAIN Game Gaming Gareth Walkom Garment technologist Gastrointestinal conditions Gem Turner Gender Gender Networks Grant Logan Guide dog Healthcare Hidden talent pool Homeworking Hospice UK Compassionate Employers Programme HR Hybrid working Ian MacKenzie Inclusion Inclusive culture Inclusive workforce Inclusivity India Inspiration Intellectual capabilities Interview process Interviews Investments Invisible disabilities Invisible disability Isaac Harvey Isaac Harvey MBE Istituto Marangoni Jack Wills Job descriptions Job interviews Job opportunities Job vacancies Journalism Journalists Learning disability Leeds Leeds trinity university Legislation LGBT Great LGBTQ+ Limb-pelvic hypoplasia LinkedIn LinkedIn influencer Listening service Lloyds Bank London London Fashion Week Long-term health condition Long-term health conditions Mapping days Mark Esho Matt Pierri Maya angelou Meta Metaverse Migrants Motivation Multinational firm Musculoskeletal conditions National Council for the Training of Journalists NCTJ Neurodivergence Neurodivergent Neurodiverse Neurodiversity consultant Neurodiversity space Neurotype Neurotypes New Delhi News Non-disabled founders Non-profit Novos OBS Occupational health Office environment Organisations Partially sighted Partnership Patchworkers People Phase Eight Phone calls Physical disabilities Pirate video games Policy Poverty Presentations Pride Network Primark Processes and systems Professional Women’s Network Progress Together Public speaking Puneet Singh Singhal Race Race and Ethnicity Network Raising awareness Registered blind Remote course Remote education Remote learning Remote work Removing barriers Resilience Revenue streams Rights School Scoliosis Scope Search engine optimisation Selection process Self-employed Self-employment Senior staff Sexuality Shaw trust Shaw trust power 100 list Sign language SJP Small Business Britain Social impact Social mission Social mobility Social-emotional learning Social-emotional learning platform Software Speaking situation Speech differences Speech disabilities Speech impediment Spotlight series Spotlight stories Ssstart St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation Staff Stammer Stammering Stonewall Stories Stuttering Sustainable change Sweaty Betty Target market Tech industry Tech talent TEDx Tesco Think tank Training Underrepresentation Unhidden Unhidden Clothing Universities University of Leicester Vanessa Castañeda Gill Victoria Beckham Video editor Video game Vimeo Violence Virtual reality VR Wealth management Web accessibility Wheels and Wheelchairs Women Work environment Work from home Working conditions Working Families Group Working from home Workplace adjustments Youth Zoom Abc Ability Today Access to work Accessibility in the workplace Accessibility test Accessible work Acting Adhd Adjustments Administrative Adrian lord Advice Advocacy and campaigns Allparty parliamentary group for inclusive entrepreneurship American civil rights movement Android Anglonorman App Artificial intelligence Bad grammar Barriers to work Bbc Benefits Blind persons act Blue badge Blue badge service specialists Care Career Carer Celtic languages Center on everyday lives of families Ceo Cfs Chloe tear Chronic fatigue syndrome Chronic health condition Chronic illness Commodo aute beatae Community Community story Community, community story, founder, feature, accessible work, disability employment gap, making a difference Companies house Compressed hours Computer science Computers Coronavirus Councils Covid19 Crystal mark standard Deaf Design Dialects Dictionary Digital accessibility Disability Disability discrimination act Disability employment gap Disability rights movement Disability services Disabled peoples direct action network Disabled persons employment act Disabled-led organisation Easy read Edit Tag Test 2 Email address Employer Spotlight Employers Employment English English speakers Entrepreneur Entrepreneurship Epilepsy Equality Equality act Equality and diversity Equality of access Esources, disability, disability services, support services, community story, features, adjustments, social support network Esse vero eum nisi a Eugenics Facebook Feature Features Fibromyalgia First world war Flexi Flexible working Flexitime Flextime Founder Francesco cirillo Freelancing French Gcses Gdpr General data protection regulation Good Good grammar Google Government policy Government support Graduate Graduates Grammar Grammar schools Health Health condition Health conditions Hearing impairment Help And Support Tags History History of language Holistic Ico Impact Imposter syndrome Inclusive entrepreneur network Inequalities Inequality Information commissioners office Information governance Instagram Internet Jacqueline winstanley Laborum Magna moles Language Latin Law Learning difficulties Lexicographers Limited company Local councils Local government Making a difference Marketing strategy Mecfs Medical conditions Medical model of disability Medical vs social models of disability Medicines Mental health Middle english Mindfulness Mlm Mobility issues Molestias quod sapie Multilevel marketing Nam eaque iure aut v National league of the blind Neurodiversity Nihil corporis aliqu Niya Normans Old english Old french Onboarding and retention Online Out of work Oxbridge Parent Passwords Patchwork hub Payment details Planning Planning for work Podcasts Pomodoro Preposition Private schools Psychiatric Psychiatry Punctuation Qui voluptatem debi React Reasonable adjustments Recruitment Remote working Resources Resources and support Rest Retinopathy of prematurity Sales Scam Search engine Second world war Shell shock Slang Sociability Social Cipher Social interactions Social media Social model of disability Social support network Socialising Spelling Spoken language Spotlight series Spotlight stories St. James’s Place Standard english Startup State schools Student Students Studying Suffragette movement Support Support services Syntactician Syntax Tag Technology The Disability Policy Centre The elderly Then barbara met alan Trafalgar square Turkish United nations Universal inclusion University University of arts london University of cambridge University of hertfordshire University of hull University of leeds University of oxford Victoria Jenkins Visual impairment War Ways of working West germanic dialects William shakespeare Windsor consultations WithVR Wordpress Work structure Workforce recruitment Working environment Workplace barriers World war one World war two Young carer

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to help our site function. We’d also like to use analytics cookies that help us make improvements by measuring how you use our website.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page.


Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core website functionality such as network management, security and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may impact how the website functions.


Analytics cookies

 

We’d like to collect website analytics cookies information using Google Analytics to help us improve our website. We collect this data by running Google Analytics JavaScript on your device, which collects data about how you interact with our site. The data is collected in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information please see our Cookies page.