We want our local community to be a socially inclusive and vibrant place to live in, so we put people at the heart of everything we do.
For us, this means:
- supporting people to find their voice through creativity and to make their own choices;
- making it possible for people to work, learn, play and celebrate together as equals, reducing isolation and building self esteem;
- showing that we all have something to offer by empowering people to share their skills through performances and workshops;
- challenging stereotypes about what young people and people with disabilities are capable of achieving, and nurturing potential;
- improving peoples’ wellbeing by helping them to be active, to remain curious, to keep learning and to connect with the world around them;
- and, alongside the incredible people we work with, making a real difference in our local community.
Our core aims as an organisation include:
- To be accessible: providing access to creative opportunities for a broad range of people in a way that suits their particular needs
- To be socially inclusive: making sure that the voices and abilities of vulnerable groups are more prominent within the community.
- To ensure that creativity is at the heart of everything we do.
- To build development opportunities into our projects, supporting young people, disabled people, community groups, music leaders, artists and our staff and volunteers to get better at what they do.
- To raise the aspirations of the young people, disabled people and communities we work with.
- To empower & inspire by using a range of inclusive delivery models and communication methods
- To ensure active involvement and consultation of disabled people, young people and other participants in our projects.
AAM is an extraordinary organisation bringing hope and joy to many who find themselves afflicted by physical or learning disabilities. The Hands and Voices Choir is a wonderful example of this work, which should be supported by everyone with a sense of the value the choir brings to all who sing in it. Contact with AAM was one of the highlights of my year as High Sheriff. Long may it thrive and develop. Tom Ramsden, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire 2014/15
Over the years we’ve developed a range of innovative ways of working with people to help them achieve their aspirations. You can find out more about our projects here.
Accessible Arts has led the field for many years in making the arts inclusive. It offers something for all ages and produces work of the highest standard. Just witness a gig by the Hands and Voices choir to see what inclusive arts should look and feel like.National Diversity Awards nominator