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A vision for culture in Scotland

1. What is your view of the Vision as set out above?

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2. If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
The vision is a comprehensive and inclusive vision that seeks to encompass everyone. It is a powerful, ambitious but creative and inclusive vision.

Transforming through culture

3. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’?

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4. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Placing culture as a central consideration across all polices is to be commended and the recognition of the significant contribution it makes to health and well-being is welcomed by PAMIS. The recognition of the role that culture and education plays in the lives of children and young people is also to be commended along with the recognition of the role of technology and culture. The emphasis on creative, vibrant and diverse communities, encouraging collaboration, co-operation and policy integration is much needed and very welcome. As an organisation representing people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) PAMIS would like to emphasise that there are still very limited opportunities for people with PMLD to access culture. This is due to a lack of awareness of their physical and intellectual disabilities and what is required to ensure they are fully included in accessing and participating in cultural activities. For example they require access to fully accessible toilet facilities to enable them to participate in any cultural event, as either spectator or participant. The strategy offers an opportunity to raise awareness and while it seeks to address inequality and suggests a more collaborative approach is necessary, it fails to suggest how this might be achieved. More generally there is a lack of awareness and understanding of the capabilities of people with PMLD in relation to their ability to access and participate in appropriate cultural events. This highlights the lack of awareness and understanding of the cultural industry. Currently hosting or supporting cultural events mainly falls to charities like PAMIS or grassroots organisations that also work to support their particular community groups. This unfunded work is not always recognised because it is not always understood but the impact it has on communities is transformative.

5. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
The aims and actions of the transforming culture ambition are to be commended and a new cultural leadership role within Scottish Government is welcomed by PAMIS. Action 1 highlights that this post "will be supported by strategic thinkers from across culture sectors and beyond". While it is appreciated that it is necessary to liaise with the cultural sector, PAMIS is aware that the cultural sector are often unaware of marginalised groups and therefore it would be helpful to expand on who would be a part of that group rather than simply saying "and beyond". If the ambitions of the strategy are to be achieved and joined up and working across the cultural sector is to be achieved, then knowledge and awareness of all marginal groups in the proposed strategy will have to be recognised. This currently is not the case, so PAMIS welcomes the opportunity the strategy offers to ensure the voices of marginal members of society are included such as those with PMLD.

Empowering through culture

6. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’?

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7. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Empowering Scotland's communities through culture is an excellent example of a fantastic ambition of the strategy that has identified that it might not be communities that are hard to reach but cultural organisations that are hard to reach and that this will be addressed through the strategy. Social isolation and rural areas too have been considered in this section of the document, as has specific groups such as learning difficulties, autism etc. The strategy highlights more has to be done to support these groups to access culture and PAMIS welcomes this and looks forward to hearing how this will be achieved. The empowerment through culture highlights the diversity of Scotland's geography. Empowering through culture is an ambitious but excellent section of the strategy.

8. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
PAMIS supports the aims and actions under the empowering through culture ambition and welcomes the fact that the strategy supports inclusion of everyone and that it will develop an approach that supports long term partnerships between cultural and creative organisations, business, and other organisations, including schools, care homes etc. Culture is a powerful and transformative medium that delivers social statements, messages and change in an engaging and educational way. it enables social transformation in a non threatening but powerful way. This strategy reinforces this message.

Sustaining culture

9. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’?

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10. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Sustaining culture is another well thought out ambition and rethinking the boundaries between public, private and community, to find new ways of working together is particularly important for organisations like PAMIS and the people supported by the charity. This is of particular relevance relating to international opportunities across the cultural sector, where at the moment PAMIS would agree that larger organisations exploit international opportunities to the detriment of smaller charities. One case example of this is the Scottish Governments small grant fund. PAMIS do not qualify because of the way the funding structure works within the organization. PAMIS is seen as having too much expenditure to qualify for the small grant fund. Yet is too small to qualify for the larger grant fund, despite having identified an already existing sustainable project in an African country that PAMIS could make a contribution to. Therefore, PAMIS welcomes the strategy commitment to ensuring cultural representation internationally is distributed more fairly across organisations that can meaningfully contribute to already existing sustainable projects in countries like Africa to help improve the lives of children and young people in those counties.

11. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
PAMIS welcomes and supports the actions for the sustaining culture ambition and would add that the training and development of cultural staff in relation to understanding people with PMLD could be delivered by specialist organisations such as PAMIS, in order to ensure that sustainability is embedded in the cultural workforce. Third sector organisations who work with marginalised groups are an invaluable source of information and support in terms of skills, training and consultancy opportunities.

Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

12. Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.

Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.
I will include the work undertaken by PAMIS to support individuals and groups to participate in cultural activities. This work demonstrates evidence of good practice. From August 2017-18 PAMIS have worked with the Edinburgh book festival to support authors to provide performances that are suitable for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. I am including feedback about involvement of an Edinburgh school in this event, as it demonstrates how being involved in a cultural event leads on to being involved in the wider aspect of the community. This is feedback from an Edinburgh school in relation to attending the book festivals first fully inclusive event. We are thrilled that our Primary 1 pupils in Holly class with be able to attend James’ event tomorrow. So often Edinburgh’s cultural highlights are off limits to our wonderful children and young people and being a part of something so central to Edinburgh, is extremely important to us at Oaklands. Thank you to you and to the wider PAMIS board for the huge part you’ve played in making this possible. As I mentioned, as part of the Year of the Young Person, our Senior phase pupils are focussing on Edinburgh as their city and how and if they can access it. The Changing Places campaign is obviously a huge part of this and something we would be delighted to play our part in. I contacted Jeremy Balfour MSP after his most recent article and he is coming in to meet with us in a few weeks to discuss the campaign. We would be thrilled to meet with you and work with PAMIS in any way that you feel would help. Morna, our Head Teacher and I were discussing the new St James’ redevelopment this morning and wondered if a Changing Places facility is included in this, and if not, whether we, with the assistance of our Senior phase young people could be involved in raising awareness of this. We’re following you now on Twitter and would love the opportunity to meet soon to talk further. I have included this as an example of community becoming actively involved in further work undertaken to improve community access. This outlines and highlights what can be achieved when marginalised groups are included in cultural events. Similarly as part of Dundee's International Women's Festival earlier this year four young women with PMLD highlighted the need for lifelong learning opportunities for this group. They chose to highlight the barriers to their dreams and aspirations by telling their story through reality theatre and dance. Dare to Dream saw the girls choose and record their own music using garage band and sound beam. They chose dance as their dream life long learning course for the future and were supported to perform the dance of their choice. This performance was held in their day service during the women's festival and the girls were amazing. This production, educated the wider public, highlighted the need for lifelong learning for people with PMLD and everyone had fun. The Inclusive Learning Journey is another project that involved students from the University of Dundee's global team challenge and PAMIS. The Inclusive Learning Journey was designed by the students and is a journey using multi-sensory stories developed by children in mainstream schools, with support from PAMIS. The stories are cultural stories developed for businesses, cultural venues and museums etc so that when a family with a child or young adult visits the business or museum there is a sensory story there that enables the person with PMLD to access the story. This project raises awareness in schools and communities through the medium of multi- sensory storytelling as well as leaving a resource suitable for engaging people with PMLD when they visit venues in their local community. PAMIS have also delivered a multi-sensory storytelling course aimed at training people with learning disabilities to become storytellers and the trained group perform in local schools and for the last two years performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This group were co-trained with their facilitators and report that storytelling has transformed their lives. Some of the stories developed are stories from the oral storytelling culture that have been adapted to make them easily understood, offering people the opportunity to engage with their cultural heritage. These are a few examples of how PAMIS have helped people with varying degree of learning disability engage in culture through multi-sensory storytelling. Supporting the Edinburgh book festival to be more inclusive will hopefully encourage other cultural organisations to understand the social and economic value of including everyone regardless of their disability.

13. What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions and actions of the strategy?

What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions
PAMIS supports the vision, aims and actions of the strategy and can support it in terms of offering information, advice, training and consultancy on a number of areas such as physical and intellectual access . As an organisation PAMIS (promoting a more inclusive society)is committed to supporting those hosting cultural events to become confident enough to include events that people with PMLD can be a part off.

14. What do you think success for the strategy will look like?

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
In terms of including people with PMLD :Success will see fully accessible physical and intellectual access to cultural events where people with PMLD are as welcome as their able bodied counterparts and when they are valued for their contribution to Scottish Culture, whether that happens in the village hall or in the heart of Edinburgh.

Monitoring the Impact of the Strategy

15. What is your view of the proposed approach to monitoring and evaluating the strategy set out in section 5?

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16. If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.

If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.
Pamis supports the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach of the strategy, particularly the attention given to the avoidance of simplistic target and output indicators. Monitoring the impact that the strategy will have on marginalised groups will be dependent on the understanding of the needs of those groups by those monitoring the strategy. For example someone monitoring the impact of the strategy on people with PMLD would first have to understand the issues faced by this population, in terms of both physical and intellectual access. If the strategy is to include everyone, then it is important that the work of grassroots organisations and charities supporting marginalised people are identified and recognised. These are very often the organisations that are unrecognized or unknown to cultural bodies and if they are known often find that the cultural bodies do not understand the complexities of the people they support. Speaking for the people that Pamis supports. It will be relatively easy to monitor the impact the strategy has on them, because by and large they are in the main, currently excluded from participating in any cultural event and those events that are accessible to them are very limited.

Other comments

17. Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.

Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.
This is an amazing and ambitious strategy that if successful could transform culture and enable grass roots cultural events to continue to transform communities. There will have to be a considerable amount of work done in each local authority area with senior social care, health and education boards to educate them on the benefits of supporting culture and understanding the real benefits and change it can make in communities. In terms of austerity; culture budgets are often the first to be cut, therefore a programme of education and understanding at a senior management level will be required to inform those local decision makers of the improvement that engagement, participation and involvement in cultural events makes to people's mental, physical and emotional well-being and to their quality of life. The impact of cultural change can be observed in local communities by grassroots organsations and charities but it is often overlooked by governing bodies because it is happening unobserved and unnoticed by local authorities and large cultural bodies, who often do not understand or recognise the existence of many of these marginalised groups.

Impact Assessments

18. Do you think the partial Equality Impact Assessment has identified where the strategy might impact on people differently depending on characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity?

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20. Do you think the partial Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment sets out how the proposals presented in the strategy might impact on the rights and welfare of children?

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22. How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.

How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.
Pamis welcomes this strategy and think it will have a positive impact on the diverse groups listed above. As previously stated the strategy will be dependent on identifying and raising awareness of the diversity of community groups such as people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

23. Do you think the partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment identifies how the proposals presented in the Strategy might impact on businesses, the third (voluntary) sector or have any regulatory impact?

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About you

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Maureen Phillip

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PAMIS