BOP is looking for young disabled people aged 16 – 30 who have an interest in the performing arts and youth arts for young disabled people, to work with us as advisers to the sector.
Interested in the arts? Interested in equality? Want to learn about making things more accessible for disabled people? Come work with us!
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Over the last few years BOP has been researching the barriers that young disabled people face in accessing the arts and youth arts activity. There have been no great surprises. For instance, we know that barriers to information and transport can make finding out about activities and simply getting to them challenging. We also know that while people can have the best intentions about being accessible and inclusive this is not always enough. Young disabled people can be put off approaching organisations because of how organisations communicate, the language they use or bad past experiences.
One size does not fit all – everyone has different experiences and different skills. What BOP would like to do is build knowledge, understanding and skills across the youth arts sector to ensure that young people face less barriers in the future.
We know from the work we have done that organisations and their staff would like more advice and support in working with young disabled people and including them in their work. You can find out more about the work and research that we’ve done up to now click here.
We think the best way to do this is to work with the people that experience these barriers and to devise solutions and ideas together that we can then pass on to the sector.
In 2018 we will be launching a training project for the sector and our advisers will be crucial to this.
- attend development sessions and meetings in person or via skype
- stay in touch via email and think about solutions away from meetings
- plan future ideas for the project with BOP
- you will gain skills and knowledge around disability equality
- you will gain skills in project and budget planning
- you will create your own access statement and think about the barriers you experience and how to mitigate them, which may be useful to you in the future
- increase your knowledge about the arts sector in Scotland
- meet new people and arts organisations – you may get more involved by attending activity as the project develops
- gain experience as an adviser and develop your problem solving and communication skills
You will paid a set fee of £80 for attending a development session with us and up to one planning meeting. You will then be paid for advice you provide based on time taken to answer questions and queries that come to us. Rates for this will be dictated by our project budget which we will involve you in planning.
- a good working level of IT skills to support communication
- access to technology and internet to allow us to communicate
- previous interest in the arts
However, we do not want any of the above to be a barrier so do talk to us if you have concerns.
Being able to articulate ideas will be an important part of being an adviser. We would like you to write/record to camera max 500 words that cover:
- why you would like to take part
- what would you do to improve access to the arts for disabled people – you could think about going to a youth theatre group or a night at the theatre as examples
- any examples of problem solving or barriers that you have faced that could have been improved