Attitude is Everything a winner of the Accessible Britain Award. Winning the ‘Inclusive social activities’ category, they were honoured for their work improving deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.
The CEO Suzanne Bull for Attitude is Everything was very excited and said:
Attitude is Everything is delighted that we have won the Accessible Britain Award – thank you so much! For the last 15 years we have been working steadily to improve access to live music for deaf and disabled people.
It is really important that our community has a full and active social life and that they are not isolated at home, so this is why we encourage music venues and festivals to sign to our Charter of Best Practice. Our Charter not only provides a practical and sustainable way of achieving success, but it also leaves a future legacy which can be adopted as a best practice standard. At the moment there are 3.5 million disabled people in the UK who attend live music events but there are 10 million disabled people in the UK overall.
Receiving an Accessible Britain Award means that our efforts have been recognised by the government as well as raising public awareness of what we do. This means will enable us to help even more disabled music fans in the future.
Members of the public and employers also expressed their excitement when Attitude is Everything were announced as winners at the Accessible Britain Award.
Glyn Everett commented that: Attitude is doing great work by working with the live music industry – the supportively critical friend is far more likely to be listened to, and it would seem that they are. As well as strengthening the voice of disabled gig-goers like myself, they are continually striving to improve access (and attitude!) throughout the live music world, and are successful with a number of events.
Kim Campbell said:
I was excited when I first heard about Attitude is Everything. I believe everyone should be allowed access to live entertainment, and it is reassuring to know that there is an organisation out there striving to promote disability access. I try to go to a live venue at least once a month, either for a gig or to see stand up, and although I don’t always make it to the end of the concert I can feel my confidence boosting and do not feel as left out and alienated as I once did. I’m sure this is the case for many people who have disabilities.
Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic stated that:
I started to work in partnership with Attitude is Everything because they gave me practical solutions to real challenges.
Equally Mike Hamer, Operations Director at KoKo commented that:
The training we have received from Attitude is Everything has been of enormous value – increasing staff knowledge and awareness, as well as helping us to develop workable policies on access at KOKO.
Please see below for the three other winners of Accessible Britain Awards 2014:
The YMCA Community Gym in Peterborough won the ‘Innovative use of buildings, spaces and places’ category.
Poole and Bournemouth Scheme won the ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’ award.
West Cheshire Corporate Disability Action Forum won in the category of ‘Improved mobility’.
Eight additional organisations across the country were also commended for their efforts at the Accessible Britain Awards ceremony which took place at the House of Parliament on 12th March 2015.
The Minister of State for Disabled People Mark Harper said ‘Today’s winners have made a real difference to the lives of disabled people. With the same level of commitment from those charged with designing, building and managing our environment, we can together remove the barriers which prevent disabled people from fully engaging in all aspects of life.
It has truly been a great day for achievements for people who care and go the distance to make a difference to lives of disabled people.’