What people are saying about Access and Inclusivity Matters

Accessibility in Mind workshops, Singapore 2018

“I couldn’t recommend Trish Hodson more highly. My role was to bring Trish to Singapore to share best practise in Access, delivered to arts organisations and professionals. From the initial email to project conclusion, Trish communicated effectively with prompt & detailed responses to my questions. When it came to the content of the workshops, she didn’t disappoint, creating a programme that flowed well, filled with detailed information delivered in a calm and welcoming manner. The workbook Trish created supported the training perfectly and Trish went the extra mile to contextualise the content both in terms of industry and local policy and statistics for Singapore. The trainees expressed excellent feedback and thanks to Trish, the Access agenda is moving in the right direction for Singapore Arts Industry.” Paul Adams, Learning and Engagement Manager, Singapore Repertory Theatre

Testimonials from Singapore workshop participants, including among others, the National Gallery, Access Path Productions, The Storytelling Centre, Marina Bay Sands, The Theatre Practice, Story Connection Ltd, Singapore Art Museum, Republic Polytechnic, and ArtScience Museum:

“The workshop and resources are great, feels like I’m equipped to take the next steps to increase accessibility.”

“This is a great workshop for any venue operators, arts practitioner and administrator as it helps build confidence for anyone looking to enhance accessibility in their venues.”

“Quick wins- very helpful, low-costs measures which can be implemented immediately. Does not require a permanent irreversible change. Easy to adapt for most venues!”

“Everyone who believes in walking the “inclusion & diversity” talk needs to attend this workshop by the fantastic Trish Hodson and apply what they have learnt.”

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the group being introduced to sighted guiding

“Trish was not only incredibly knowledgeable about inclusivity, she also fostered a welcoming and warm environment where we could all learn from each other’s experience.”

“Trish’s “Quickfix” solutions were amazing – things that we can immediately implement, which don’t cost us much $, but make a difference in increasing the accessibility of our events. I learnt so much and this was super helpful as a starting point for someone previously clueless.”

“A comprehensive, intensive, nuts and bolts introduction to making your venue/event more effectively accessible.”

Extremely useful and eye-opening!”

“Comprehensive, Enlightening and Engaging. Very glad I participated.”

“This workshop gives a good overall view of what and how access tools can be incorporated into current work practices”

“A great introduction to making the arts accessible with practical tips that can be applied immediately.”

“Rich, informative and fun!”

“Trish is a delight to learn from! Chock-full of facts and examples, but also very aware of different learning styles of her participants! Thank you!”

Independent restaurant chain, Accessibility in Mind workshops, 2018 – testimonials coming soon

Everyday Access Solutions workshop, The Southville Centre, 2018

“A brilliantly useful day focusing on access and inclusivity with like-minded organisations. Trish expertly led us through legislation, practical advice and solutions and was encouraging at all times. I leave brimming with ideas and with the confidence to implement changes” Eliza Squire, Assistant Centre Director Totleigh Barton / Arvon

“Very useful training day and great to have the workbook to refer back to and share between my colleagues” Ben Rowe, Facilities Manager, Royal West of England Academy

“Great training session to both remind you about everything you already know, and to learn an awful lot of new information about accessibility” Magdalena Byczek, Front of House Manager, Royal West of England Academy

“Really informative workshop, anyone with responsibility for their premises, events etc. should attend!” Lisa Caradine, Building and Operations Manager, BS3 Community Development

“[The trainer was] friendly, very well informed [and the workbook is] a great takeaway resource.I especially appreciated the local connections to museums etc. with examples of good practice.” Sarah Schmitz, Facilities Coordinator, Tyntesfield National Trust

Everyday Access Solutions workshop, Bristol Folk House, 2018

“Really valuable and useful training to ensure a future where all needs are considered and supported in our social spaces.” Ellie Little, Programming and Tutor Management

Everyday Access Solutions workshop, 2018

“Trish delivered an interesting and engaging session, outlining the challenges organisations face in meeting the needs of customers with disabilities, providing cost-effective, realistic solutions to everyday problems which are often overlooked. Very thought-provoking.” Adam Green, Operations Manager, Spike Island

“Thank you for all the information from today. Left feeling we could make some really simple yet effective changes going forward. Great to assess what we already do well. The additional resources and suggestions will also be really useful in going forward with a plan or making improvements and the workbook will be a great resource to keep and use to train others.”Workshop participant, Malcolm X Community Centre

“I didn’t know what to expect. Thought I would feel out of my depth, but the training was very easy to follow, clear and I felt like everyone was in the same boat. Cannot recommend it enough.” Ella Charles, General Manager, Bristol Folk House

I found the workshop very informative and illuminating. Running a small community centre I realise there is a lot to do to make it more inclusive and accessible. However, I feel more confident with a new level of awareness about the issues. As ever, it will be a question of prioritising what can be done and when.” Michele Tedder, Director, Tango West Redland Club

Accessibility in Mind workshop, Bristol 2017

Engaging, informative and relevant workshop that has made me feel empowered to improve and share the knowledge at my venue. Thank you so much!” Workshop participant, St Georges, Bristol

The trainer’s approach was very inclusive and encouraged participation. A positive response was given to all comments made. A lot of time, research and industry experience were evidenced in the material provided, along with a passion for the subject.” Workshop participant

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workshop participants

Excellent quality workshop, covering a strong breadth of accessibility areas with proactive, practical solutions with space for discussion. Experienced and effective trainer.” Workshop participant


Enjoyable and informative. Came away with lots of new thoughts about access requirements.” Workshop participant, Watershed, Bristol

Trish was very knowledgeable and friendly. All her training was up to date and on point
Workshop participant, Bristol Old Vic

This workshop was interactive, informative and challenging. I look forward to applying this in the future!” Workshop participant, Bristol Old Vic

Very interesting, covering a large area of information.” Workshop participant, Colston Hall, Bristol

It is hard to find anyone with such professionalism and passion for access and inclusivity as Trish. If you are looking to improve your service and knowledge, look no further than Access and Inclusivity Matters.” Workshop participant, Bristol Hippodrome

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workshop participants

This workshop highlighted things I should be thinking about and offered practical guidance on how to improve my own personal approach to access and inclusivity, and that of my venue. It was positive and encouraging, with great resources.” Workshop participant, Arnolfini, Bristol

A very interesting and informative workshop. Trish was very engaging and clearly knows her stuff!”   Workshop participant, St Georges, Bristol

An invaluable day learning more about an area I thought I already knew quite a lot about! It really made me think twice reading some of the facts and statistics. It also has motivated me to go back to my workplace with a new eye to how we operate.” Workshop participant

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workshop bits and bobs