Hynt is a collaborative project. There are five main partners working together to make it happen.
arts council of wales
Hynt has been funded and initiated by Arts Council of Wales. They wanted to see a major change in how disabled customers access the arts in Wales.
“We believe that as a public body, the Arts Council of Wales and the activities we support - whether through annual revenue or project funding - should be accessible to everyone in Wales. Equalities are a moral, social, creative and cultural imperative.
Hynt is a priority for Council who see the introduction of this innovative scheme as a key component in the Arts Council’s Equalities Action Plan. As a public body, the Arts Council is expected to be a visible and enthusiastic champion of initiatives to increase access to the arts for disabled people. And the Arts Council expects the key organisations that it funds to adopt a similarly progressive stance. Council absolutely believes in the benefits to audiences across Wales of adopting a consistent, nationwide scheme that will improve the quality of experiences at theatres and arts centres for disabled people.”www.artswales.org.uk
Creu Cymru is the lead partner and employs the Hynt Team who manage the scheme day to day. Creu Cymru is the development agency for theatres and arts centres in Wales. Their mission is to develop a vibrant and progressive sector of theatres and arts centres for people and communities across Wales.
Creu Cymru is a membership organisation, and their 44 members represent nearly all of the professional performance venues in Wales, from large multi-space venues like Venue Cymru in Llandudno through to small community theatres like the Welfare Theatre in Ystradgynlais. They work as a collaborative network to share information, expertise, research and programming to develop theatres, productions and audiences.www.creucymru.com
Diverse Cymru manage and monitor arbitration process. They also provide advice and guidance to the Hynt team.
Diverse Cymru is an equalities organisation in the Welsh third sector. It was created in recognition of the difficulties and discrimination faced by people experiencing inequality in Wales.
Diverse Cymru want to make a real difference to people’s lives through delivering services that reduce inequality and increase independence. They support people to speak for themselves. They also help people to connect with decision-makers by creating opportunities for participation and development. They raise awareness of equality issues and inspire people to take action against inequality.www.diversecyrmu.org.uk
Include Arts have provided training to all the theatres and arts centres that are members of Hynt. They also provide advice and guidance to the Hynt team.
Include Arts is a passionate group of specialist trainers providing ways to improve access in arts venues and increase audience attendance. They focus on best-practice customer service for disabled visitors, attracting diverse audiences and sustaining an inclusive and diverse organisation.www.includearts.com
the card network
The Card Network manage the Hynt application process. They check all the applications and produce and send out all the Hynt cards.
The Card Network has over 35 years experience of producing different types of ID cards and they work with a wide range of organisations. They also have experience of working on access schemes: they work with the Cinema Exhibitors Association to deliver the CEA card. The CEA card is an access card designed specifically for cinemas.www.thecardnetwork.co.uk