Art can change people‚Äôs lives and ‚Äòconsiderably widen hopes and aspirations for the future and improve self esteem.‚Äô [Social Inclusion & the Arts 2007]. The project will provide disabled Londoners with a passport to London‚Äôs exciting arts events throughout 2012, and will reduce social isolation
It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011
Registered Charity in England and Wales (279184)
Disabled Londoners continually miss out on going to arts events because they experience difficulties with: inaccessible transport; public prejudice; lack of confidence and fears about travelling alone; lack of money, particularly with the recent cuts to benefits. 74% of disabled people have no daily contact with people outside their own home, and as a result, experience social isolation and loneliness [Office of Disability Issues (ODI) 2008], a shocking indictment on ‚Äòmodern-day‚Äô London.
Shape Tickets 2012 will assist disabled people to get out to arts events during 2012. This will be a social lifeline for many, providing them with their only human contact. Volunteer access assistants will escort members to events, using accessible transport, or simply meeting them at the venue. We will negotiate discounts with venues, and members can chose from group or one-to-one trips. This means members will be able to meet new people at accessible, fun, safe events, at affordable prices.
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