Guiding Lights 8 Mentees
Guiding Lights 8 Mentees

Inclusion & Accessibility - Toolkit

During the eighth edition of Guiding Lights, with support from Creative Skillset (now ScreenSkills), Lighthouse supported two learning disabled participants to take part on the scheme. Matthew Hellett and Becky Bruzas are both members of the Oska Bright Film Festival production team; Becky is Festival Director and Matthew is Lead Programmer. Oska Bright Film Festival is a world-class leading light in learning disability film exhibition.

As part of the process, we worked with Carousel and Oska Bright to document and evaluate the experience of making Guiding Lights more accessible and inclusive, and commissioned an independent evaluation. The report examines the practicalities and challenges faced in delivering the scheme when working with a mixed ability group, and was written by Lucy Jefferies and Tony Levitan of Quiet Down There, who have experience of working within and around disability arts. They contacted the mentees independently, collected data anonymously, and conducted interviews with the key contributors. This included a focus group conducted with Lighthouse and Carousel staff, and interviews with Becky and Matthew’s mentors – to feed into their assessment.

Based on these findings, we have produced a best-practice guide, which contains a toolkit, links to further resources and guidance around the practical considerations to bear in mind in the planning stages. You can download the toolkit here.




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