Accessibility – Using the Site

Our website has three main areas:

The header contains fixed links to provide you with an overview of the Groups functions and activities

The secondary navigation contains the trust’s main global navigation. This navigation remains the same on all main trust web pages. Once a global navigation item is selected, related sub-links appear below it in the same column.

The middle column is the information area. The middle column also includes the breadcrumb trail. The breadcrumb trail is a navigation aid that shows you where you are on the website and allows you to quickly access upper levels of the site. Some pages will also hold related document downloads and links.

The footer, at the bottom of the page, contains accreditation and partner logos

Access Keys

Most browser’s support jumping to specific links by typing certain keys defined on the website. In Windows, you can press ALT plus the listed access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control plus the list access key. Pressing ENTER will then take you on to that page.

All Pages on this site define the following access keys:

Access Keys


Skip Navigation


Home Page



Text Version

This site has the option to view a text only version in both high and low contrast by clicking on the ”Text Version’ link (see link at the top of this page).


All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes

Complex images include LONGDESC attributes or inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers

Visual Design

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout

This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified “text size” option in visual browsers

If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the content of each page is still readable

Controlling text and colours in your web browser

Microsoft Internet Explorer for PC

•Open your Internet Explorer Web Browser

•Select ‘Tools’ from the menu at the top of your window

•From the options which appear, select ‘Internet Options…’

•Click on the ‘General tab’

•Click on the button marked ‘Accessibility’

•To change your font size, select the checkbox marked ‘Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages’

•To remove background and font colours, select the checkbox marked ‘Ignore colours specified on Web pages’

•Click OK (and again if necessary)

•Select ‘View’ from the menu at the top of your window

•From the options, which appear, select ‘Text Size’

•Select your desired text size

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Apple Mac

•Open your Internet Explorer Web Browser

•Select the ‘edit’ from the menu at the top of your window

•From the options menu which appear, select ‘preferences’

•Click on ‘web content’

•Deselect the button marked ‘show style sheets’

•Return to the ‘list of preferences’

•Click on “web browser”

•Select ‘language/fonts’

•Select the font size you require

Instructions for users of Netscape Navigator


•Select ‘Edit’ from the menu at the top of the window and choose ‘Preferences’

•Open the Appearance group and click the ‘Fonts’ category

•Next to ‘For’ the encoding’ should read Western to tell the computer which types of letters and symbols to use. From ‘Size’ select 18

•Next to the Variable Width Font field is a drop down box: Select ‘Arial’.

•The Fixed Width Font box should already read ‘Courier New’. From ‘Size’ select 18

•To override the fonts used by the designer of the web page, select ‘Use my default fonts overriding document specified fonts’

•Click “OK”


•Select ‘Edit’ from the menu at the top of the window and choose ‘Preferences’

•Open the Appearance group and click the ‘Colours’ category

•Select a colour button to change colours of text, background, unvisited links or visited links

•To override the colours used by the designer of the web page, select ‘Always use my colours, overriding document’

•Click “OK”

Viewing PDF documents

This site uses PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file format for the publication of large and complex documents, and for a number of applications forms. Please note that Abode Acrobat documents can be converted back to plain text using Adobe’s Web-based conversion service

To view and print PDF files, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed: click the link below to download the software

Get Adobe Reader | Click icon to download software

Colour Contrast

This site has the option ‘Change Contrast’ (see link to top of the page). This increase the page contrast by switching the text to yellow and the background to black. This could help some people to better read the site’s content. The page can easily be changed back to normal contrast by clicking again on the ‘Change Contrast’ link.

Accessibility statement

WCHG is committed to ensuring accessibility of its Web site for people with disabilities. New and updated Web content produced by our organisation will conform to W3C/WAI’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, Conformance Level AA.

Standards Compliance

Most pages on this site are Bobby AA approved, complying with all priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The homepage is Bobby AA compliant (level 2).

This site validates as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.

The style sheets on this site are CSS 1.

Use of Assistive Technologies

Assistive technologies are products used by people with disabilities to help accomplish web tasks that they cannot accomplish otherwise or could not do easily.

Some assistive technologies rely on output of other user agents, such as text browsers, voice browsers, multimedia players and plug-ins. Assistive technology comes in many different forms, some of these include;

1.Alternative keyboards


3.Screen magnifiers

4.Screen readers

5.Speech recognition

6.Scanning software

7.Tabbing through structural elements

8.Text browsers

9.Voice browsers

All our newly developed web pages are tested against as many types of assistive technologies as we can to make the pages more accessible. If you are unable to access any information using any assistive technology then please contact us and we will try to find an alternative way for you to access or be provided with the information.