Attitude is Everything was set up in response to young disabled people’s complaints of unfair treatment at live music venues, clubs and festivals in the UK. Attitude has produced a Charter of Best Practice, to give music venues, clubs, festivals and tours guidelines for how to improve disabled people’s access to live music. It has a similar think and do model to the hub’s, and produces its own events, festivals and tours, to keep its tools sharp and to develop models of best practice.
In 2004, the hub worked with Attitude to help the staff and board to plan for the organisation’s future. We worked with them to review Attitude’s current situation, to produce a three-year project plan and marketing and fundraising strategies and to develop recommendations concerning the organisation’s governance and structure.
As with all organisational development projects, we built into the project what we call a ‘soft-landing’ day, where we worked through the plans we’d developed with the team, to help them to timetable their work and arrive at a timetable and division of responsibilities that was agreed and ‘owned’ by everyone involved.