Your organisational values
Yet the impetus for embedding assisted performances into your organisation does not come only from thinking logically about the pros and cons: your organisation has values to which all staff, managers, Board and other stakeholders subscribe. They may be in a vision or mission statement or you may have them listed explicitly somewhere as values. The chances are they include ideas such as Quality, Innovation and Partnerships; you may mention risk-taking and talk about reaching wide audiences or specifically aspire to make connections with local communities. It is possible (indeed likely) that your values somewhere talk about ‘access’ or ‘inclusion’ or use the word ‘diverse’.
Programming high quality assisted performances contributes to realising these sorts of values and, as such, it is central to your organisation’s activity, and should not be seen as an add-on or optional extra.