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This month we got to speak to the brilliant John, who attends some of our projects here at Burton Stone Community Centre, providing lots of smiles and fun in all of the sessions he takes part in. We wanted to find out what he likes about being a part of AAM, and what he enjoys most about coming to our sessions.

How long have you been part of AAM?

I’ve been coming to Accessible Arts & Media since the New Bridge Day Centre in York closed, so about four or five years now.

What sessions do you attend, what do you do in them and what do you enjoy most about them?

I go to Music Makers, Sensory Movement, Movers & Shakers and Sensory Extra. I like music a lot, I like to sing and dance. In Music Makers I sometimes sing my own song, a Tongo*. I like to change the words to it. I like spending time here and talking to my support worker Lyndsey.

How has being part of AAM helped you?

We asked John’s support worker Lyndsey about how she feels AAM has helped John.

‘Being part of AAM has really increased John’s confidence, communication skills and helped with his socialising. The AAM sessions he attends here at the community centre have really brought out John’s brilliant personality’

Tell us one random fact about yourself!

I was younger! I love Lion (Tom), he’s got ginger hair and I like Aled’s voice. An extra sneaky fact we know about John is he knows ALL the words to every Chaz & Dave song!

*A Tongo is a Polynesian Echo song and is believed to be a canoe song. Tongo means mangrove in the Kiribati and Tonga languages, mangroves grow in saline water on the coast.


We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.


At Accessible Arts & Media (AAM) we use imagination, ingenuity and 34 years’ experience to create arts and media programmes tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of the people we work with. We create a supportive, fun environment that inspires and motivates people to explore the world around them and to learn and express themselves through creativity. We work with a wide range of fantastic people, from young people and people with disabilities and sensory impairments, to elderly people in residential care and people with mental ill-health, to groups in our local community.

We’re looking to recruit an experienced, dynamic Operations Manager to join our Senior Management Team at an important time in the charity’s history. As we head towards our 35th Anniversary in 2017 we’re at the start of an ambitious new 5-year Strategic Development Plan. Central to this will be the transformation of our organisational structure, building on our existing strengths to enable growth, plan for change and increase capacity. The new Operations Manager will play a key role in this transformation.

Joining our highly motivated Senior Management Team, the post-holder will lead on company management and administration, including office management, IT and technical, finance, human resources and governance. As a new role for AAM, this presents an exciting opportunity for someone to review and update our current practices and introduce new ideas.

The successful candidate will have at least 3 years’ relevant management experience and be a strategic, innovative and independent thinker with a real ‘can-do’ attitude.

This post is offered initially on a freelance basis, 2.5 days per week until 30 April 2017 and is funded by Cabinet Office’s Local Sustainability Fund, delivered by Big Lottery Fund.

To download an application pack please click here.

The application deadline is Friday 20th May, and interviews will be held on Thursday 2nd June in York

IMPs East Riding



















It's with great sadness that we’ve had to make the very difficult decision to step down from delivering our IMPs programme in East Riding.

We’re extremely proud of the work we’ve done through our East Riding IMPs programme, and even more proud of the achievements of the amazing young people we’ve had the privilege to work with over the past few years.

East Riding IMPs came to life in 2012 in Pocklington, initially as a pilot run in partnership with iMata (Interactive Music Accessible for All) run by Jacki Dealtry, who later became project coordinator for the East Riding programme. The pilot was a big hit, and enabled us to secure ongoing funding to continue providing inclusive music sessions in Pocklington.

Over the years the East Riding IMPs group have worked closely with the York IMPs to put on some really memorable performances (including a particularly soggy show in Rowntree Park where even the torrential rain couldn’t dampen the IMPs’ enthusiasm and love of performing!). And since 2014 the East Riding IMPs apprentices have delivered workshops for youth groups and other community groups across the East Riding.

“I loved it! J and N were amazing! So confident and self-assured. They were very clear about what they wanted us to do, and helped us to learn the signs.” Feedback from a member of Forgotten Voices Community Choir, following a recent IMPs workshop.

Over the course of the programme we’ve delivered over 120 inclusive music sessions, and worked with more than 50 participants. The East Riding IMPs have taken part in 12 public performances, and the East Riding IMPs apprentices have delivered 3 workshops, with fantastic feedback from participants. The IMPs have written some fantastic songs that now form part of the AAM repertoire (AAM Singing & Signing Resources), created some brilliant compositions and sound installations, and they’ve shared their love of music and performing with audiences of over 1,000 people.

“Thank you so much for performing on Friday. The IMPs proved to be the perfect start to the evening. Their music and enthusiasm touched and delighted everyone. Their hard work and commitment was evident and they encouraged the audience to get involved and have fun.“ Feedback from Janet Farmer, Director of Pocklington Arts Centre, following the IMPs’ performance at the Flying Man Festival 2015.

Due to the organisational changes that Accessible Arts & Media faces this year, including the possible changes taking place at Burton Stone Community Centre, we’ve had to take the strategic decision to focus on the work we’re continuing to deliver here in York. With all of the changes taking place, we felt that we’d be unable to deliver the East Riding IMPs Programme to the high standards that our participants deserve and that we always strive to deliver. The decision was taken with a very heavy heart.

We’d like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to all of the young people involved in the project and to their families. It’s been a genuine pleasure to have worked with the amazingly talented young people we’ve met over the years, and we very much hope we get to see them all again in the future. Huge thanks too for the amazing support we’ve received over the years from project partners including IMATA, Woldgate College and St Anne’s Community Special School. Thanks also to other organistaions who’ve supported the project, including East Riding of Yorkshire Council, ERVAS, Dynamix, Barnardos and the Market Weighton Players and funders including Youth Music, The Sir James Reckitt Charity, The Joseph and Annie Cattle Trust, Hull & East Riding Charitable Trust, the Hesslewood Charitable Trust, the Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust and Pocklington Lions.

On our Flickr gallery we’ve shared some of our favourite photographs from the East Riding IMPs project, we hope you enjoy looking back through them as much as we have.


We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

IMPs Vyper Awards

Huge congratulations to our East Riding IMPs Apprentices and student volunteers, who recently received their Volunteering for Young People in East Riding (VYPER) scheme awards. VYPER is a fantastic scheme that was set up by the East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) to recognise young people who are involved in volunteering activities in their community.

Typical volunteering activities can include fundraising for charities, peer mentoring within schools, assisting sports club coaches, and helping elderly people within the community. Young volunteers receive either a Volunteer Recognition, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering award, depending on the number of hours of volunteering they have completed.

The VYPER scheme is a great addition to a young person's CV, and can also be used to support getting involved in other volunteering schemes such as Vinspired, NCS - National Citizen Service and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme. 

Our East Riding Apprentices and student volunteers received their awards for the brilliant work they do as part of IMPs; as peer mentors to other IMPs members, in helping to fundraise for the group, by co-lead singing and signing workshops within the community, and by acting as ambassadors for the IMPs programme itself. Over the past four years, twelve student volunteers and four IMPs Apprentices have achieved an incredible 696 hours of volunteering between them, which we think is definitely worth celebrating!

We're hugely proud of them all, and want to say a very big well done and thank you for all of the time and effort they've put into making the IMPs programme such a big success.

Some of the student volunteers have reflected on their volunteering at IMPs:

"I have found IMPs a huge help in my own personal pursuit in life. The programme has helped me to gain many skills including working in situation which could be looked as difficult, IMPs also makes my Monday nights something to look forward to. I enjoy seeing the kids be happy and how much they enjoy being there which gives me more enjoyment and enthusiasm to volunteer. Not only is this helping for my Duke of Edinburgh and Gold Arts Award but it is helping me to gain many skills and help with my future." Olivia

"Volunteering for IMPs has opened my eyes in more way than one.  It’s not just going to look on my CV but it has helped me within myself. I found that I was able to do good for others whilst enjoying myself. I was also able to get to know what it is like for people with disabilities and how that doesn't stop them from doing things that they enjoy. IMP's has made me look forward to Monday nights and when I am unable to attend I wish I could be there. I think that everyone should be giving a chance in today's society and I believe that IMP's gives people with any disability and no disabilities that chance." Rachel

“I found that volunteering with IMPs was hugely rewarding, and something that I truly enjoyed. Working with such a range of ages and disabilities is a rare opportunity, and one I feel lucky to have been able to take part in. Seeing the members perform after their hard work is wonderful, and shows a real sense of community between them. As a volunteer I've gained skills for the future, and a great experience."  Chloe


We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.


Accessible Arts & Media (AAM) is looking to recruit a new, dynamic Chair of our Board of Trustees to help lead the charity at an important time in our history and a period of significant change in relation to our operational base and some of the key contracts that we are currently commissioned to deliver.

AAM is an award-winning York-based charity that champions and celebrates the skills and talents of vulnerable groups and individuals, including young people, disabled people, those suffering mental ill health and elderly people in long-term care. We have an impressive 33-year track record in delivering a pioneering range of inclusive arts and media projects where everyone plays an equal part and everyone gets the chance to shine.

Our mission is to develop and deliver a vibrant range of accessible, inclusive and affordable projects for vulnerable groups that push boundaries, enhance personal progression and challenge stereotypes.

Our vision is for an inclusive society where the talents and aspirations of everyone can be celebrated through the arts and digital media, regardless of their circumstances.

AAM is at an exciting period in its history. We are at the start of an ambitious new 5-year Strategic Development Plan. Central to this will be to transform our organisational structure, building on existing strengths to enable growth, plan for change and increase capacity.

As AAM enters the next stage of its development we are looking to appoint a Chair who will provide strong leadership to ensure we can maximise the opportunities available to us by building upon current successes and creating new ones. The new Chair will join AAM at an exciting albeit challenging time.

For further information on AAM and an overview of the role of Chair, please click here to download the application details. The application deadline is Thursday 31st March 2016.