Accessible events guide

This guide was written to provide information to local groups about how to organise an accessible event. The information was gathered collaboratively by the Young Greens liberation groups and distributed on a binational level. This is not an exhaustive guide, but provides guidance on how to work towards organising in a more accessible way. The liberation groups are separated out into different headings, but this does not meant that we do not recognise the interplay of multiple, overlapping identities, and the various access needs that arise as a result. Organisers should be aware, for example, that the experience a black, lesbian, disabled woman has of an event is different from the experience a white straight, disabled man might have, and should accommodate accordingly.

This guide has a star system, which you can use to judge how accessible your event is. All Young Greens events should aim for at least 14/20 stars, no matter how small or underfunded your group is. Two stars means that, for that certain group, you have very good accessibility, one star means that for the group, the event is fairly accessible, and no stars means no measures have been taken to ensure the event is accessible for that group. As such, all groups are graded out of two stars, which totals, from the ten groups, to be 20 stars. Most of these suggestions don’t cost anything to implement, just require a bit of planning. You gain stars by following all the applicable suggestions in each section. For example, if you are organising a two day event and you follow all the suggestions in the women section and the disabled section, you still only score four stars because you are not making your event accessible to other groups.

Certain groups are given more stars because they make up a larger part of the Young Greens than others - according to the latest equality & diversity survey - and by catering for them, you are potentially making your event more accessible to more people. This doesn’t mean that you should ignore the others - quite the opposite! Small steps can often have a huge impact for marginalised groups.  If you have any questions, contact