accessmatters

We believe that to realise lasting improvement in diversity and organisational inclusion, we all have a part to play . We’re committed to help and so we’ve launched accessmatters. This platform is designed to encourage listening, sharing of experience and best practice while promoting collaboration around the actions that will have greatest positive impact on our industry and our society.

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Resources

Live sessions

Listen and learn from the people in your industry. Our live accessmatters sessions are the furthest from a webinar you can imagine.

Hear from a PR & comms professional and understand their story. Engagement for these sessions is encouraged so expect plenty of time for questions from both our host and the audience. Not a slide in sight!

In this session, Cassius Naylor, assistant to the CMO and co-chair of Proud FT at the Financial Times spoke to us about the work the Proud FT network have been doing on trans inclusion with the aim to make the FT into the most trans and nonbinary inclusive major media company in the world.
In this session, Faima Bakar, freelance journalist and senior staff writer at Journo Resources talks about her experience working as a lifestyle journalist writing for Metro.co.uk and why she moved to the freelance world. Faima writes about a range of issues but the topics she is most passionate about are race, religion, culture, inequality and gender.

Sarah Atkinson, chief executive of The Social Mobility Foundation, joins us live to talk about the work the charity does to provide opportunities for young people who do not have the support network at home or in school, and to advocate for social mobility.
Sarah has a corporate communications background and has previously worked for the Charity Commission and Nationwide Building Society. Sarah also holds board roles at Endometriosis UK, the Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years, and Womankind Worldwide.

Katie Phillips, founder of KDP Coaching & Consulting, joins us live to talk about managing our mental wellbeing at work.
Katie spent 15 years leading communications and managing projects in government, corporates and startups before hitting a wall and burning out. Her experience led her to set up her own consultancy and she now helps overwhelmed humans and businesses tackle the weird and wonderful relationship between work and wellbeing.

Melissa Lawrence, chief executive of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, talks to us about her experience working for a social mobility charity in professional and financial sectors and the positive stories and challenges she’s faced since joining the Taylor Bennett Foundation.

Julian Obubo, partner and head of diversity and inclusion at Manifest spoke about the importance of developing a diverse agency and how we can all be anti-racist. He also spoke about working with clients who use racist language, the importance of educating yourself and why it’s important to be specific.

Sara Hawthorn, founder and managing director of InFusion Comms spoke about her own experiences as a deaf individual and owner of an agency outside of London that was recently awarded Blueprint Ally status.

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External Resources

Ideas for Ears

Ideas for Ears is a social enterprise with the aim to make the UK a more hearing-friendly nation.

Sara suggested using their resources when it comes to event planning and they have helpful checklists to make sure your events are accessible for more people.

Discover their resources here.

Webinars

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Useful websites

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Social Enterprises

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  • IntoUniversity – provides local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve, supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration.