We want to hear directly from disabled, deaf or neurodivergent people who would like the chance to talk to us about barriers they have experienced when attending cultural events and venues and what works well for them.
The Octagon and Westlands Inclusion Group is being established to enable disabled people and those with lived experience to be at the very heart of our organisation. We are looking to understand what we already do well so we can continue to do it well and talk to us about how we can improve our organisation to better support individuals with access needs.
We want to bring together and hear from disabled, deaf or neurodivergent people, carers for disabled people, individuals with long-term health conditions, regular visitors to the Octagon and Westlands and those who may never have entered our venues before.
Members will shape and influence our offer from our accessing our venues to the opportunities we present across the county.
We are encouraging all interested individuals to get in touch and register your interest, with our first meeting in December 2022.
Start date: November 2022
End date: Ongoing - individuals can join at any time.
If you are interested in this role you can either complete our Register Your Interest Form, pop us an email at octagontheatre@SouthSomerset.Gov.Uk, call us on 01935 462415 or arrange to speak to us face to face.
Who this opportunity is open to?
We would be looking to meet with the access group a total of 3 times each year. These meetings will take place in person at our venues and online, depending on member preferences.
We will be asking you to discuss your own lived experience, represent and act as a voice for disabled people locally and regionally.
At the meetings we will be identifying areas where there is a lack of cultural provision and/or access for people with disabilities in Somerset, personal and lived experiences (good and bad) of attending or participating in arts and cultural events, and what experiences you would love to see happen locally. Plus updates to discuss the progress we’ve made and experiences people have had since.
As a Thank You members of our Inclusion Group will receive…
Aims of the Group
Your contact for this opportunity is:
Katherine Hoskins – Arts Engagement & Outreach Officer