Access and Inclusion Advisory Group

The Access and Inclusion Advisory Group has been created to advise the Festival. 

This Group is made up of people with a range of impairments who are championing a stronger, more inclusive approach, testing new ideas and finding creative solutions.

The Group’s role is to the support The Community Inclusion Project, funded by MK Community Foundation, which aims to achieve Attitude is Everything Charter Status for both the Festival and The Stables.

Read more about Attitude is Everything Charter Status:attitudeiseverything.org.uk

The Group, chaired by Amanda Carter-Philpott, meets monthly and more frequently in the lead up to IF: 2021, and reviews and recommends new access measures, supports and provides constructive feedback. and shares experience of events.

The Group represents a range of Disabled People including; D/deaf, Neurodiverse, Blind, wheelchair users, and those with hidden, chronic and fluctuating conditions.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Group, or becoming a member please contact: Ursula White, Community Inclusion Project Manager, email: ursula.white@stables.org

Access and Inclusion Advisory Group Members

Amanda Carter-Philpott (Chair)
Amanda also Chairs the MK Disability Focus Group and is a Director of Pandora Inc. CIC, which collaborates with marginalised individuals and groups to give a voice to the voiceless through training and workshops. Amanda is also a disability and diversity activist, and a campaigner. A public speaker, writer, blogger, access consultant, and a passionate believer in inclusion and advocate for social justice, Amanda has also recently become a town councillor in the local community. Pandora Inc.CIC: pandorainccic.com

Samuel Dore
Samuel is a Deaf filmmaker, photographer and graphic designer based in Stony Stratford. He uses BSL. He is an active member of the UK-wide deaf community and has worked with various deaf and disability media, theatre and media organisations. He is always vocal and proactive about access for deaf people regarding subtitles and BSL-translation for various content. His work can be seen via Bursted Eardrum: www.bursteardrum.net

Harriet Smith
Harriet works as an intern for VICTA (national charity that provides support to children and young adults). She is blind and has an Assistance Dog named Sparky. She has a degree in Creative Writing and is a big fan of The Stables. She attends concerts regularly and likes folk music in particular. She is a former content creator at Northamptonshire Association For The Blind (NAB), and a Young Ambassador for VICTA, writing blogs for their website. She currently has a part-time job as Communications Assistant at Northamptonshire Association For The Blind. VICTA: www.victa.org.uk

Helen Austin
Helen is actively involved in the arts, both as a participant and as an audience member. She has condition which causes fatigue and vertigo. She has grown up in Milton Keynes, worked at Macintyre supporting people with learning difficulties and has been a volunteer at Headway. She is interested in many different art forms, and makes seat covers and accessories to liven up wheelchairs. Helen enjoys photography and painting in watercolours. She takes inspiration from disabled artists and performers.

Ernie Boddington
Ernie is the representative on the Group for the Milton Keynes Centre for Integrated Living (MKCIL), and is Chair of MK CIL - an information centre which provides a very wide range of free and confidential information for disabled people, their families, carers, and anyone else with an interest in access and disability issues. CIL has just received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2021, recognising its 30 years of work to improve access in Milton Keynes. Milton Keynes CIL:www.mkcil.org.uk