On Thursday I had a phone meeting with Hannah Cervenka, Arts and Leisure Development Manager at West Oxfordshire District Council. Hannah has been working with Voluntary Arts England to develop an inclusivity Symbol Scheme for amateur arts groups which is currently being piloted in West Oxfordshire. The scheme aims to create more opportunities for disabled participants of all ages to engage in the arts, by supporting local groups to be more inclusive and offering training for volunteers. Hannah updated me on progress with the scheme which has been slow but encouraging. It may some time before we are ready to make the Symbol Scheme more widely available but we talked about the possibility of a Running Your Group LIVE video webcast discussion with some of the people involved in the pilot to discuss the learning so far.
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