Trish Hodson

I offer bespoke disability Access Solutions workshops, and freelance Access Officer services for arts, leisure and community venues.

I was the Access Officer, and Group Sales Manager at The Bristol Hippodrome for 23 years, assisting 2000+ disabled customers every year. I spear-headed a wide range of Accessibility services and facilities for the wider theatre group, including the Assisted performances programme, successfully delivering hundreds of such events.

I now run Access & Inclusivity Matters, offering workshops that focus on a practical, basics-first approach to Accessibility, and that provide a comprehensive foundation in everything you need to know to start improving Access.

There are lots of low- or no-cost solutions that can be implemented straight away, and longer-term suggestions to develop over time, helping participants to work towards improving the experience of all D/deaf and disabled people visiting or working in their centre.

There are two workshops available:
a&im 1: Accessibility in Mind – recognising Access as being much more than having a ramp or lift in place. Covering the Equality Act 2010, the Social Model of disability, reasonable adjustments, disability awareness and customer service, accessible marketing, strategies for front of house, accessible booking practices, language, venue-focussed workbook exercises, a participant-led venue Accessibility assessment, step-by-step guidance and detailed resources.

a&im 2: Assisted Performances and Accessible events (such as Audio Description, Captioning, BSL, and Dementia / Autism friendly) – covering how to build relationships with producers, service providers and audiences, and including comprehensive step-by-step guidance on how to successfully deliver the events themselves.

I can also provide a freelance Access Officer service for your venue, centre or organisation, such as Accessibility Guide writing, web and social media Access information copy, venue walk-round Accessibility assessment and one-to-one surgery hours.

Let’s work together to make sure Access & Inclusivity Matters in your venue!