This month’s spotlight is Nicola Hopson, Learning and Events Coordinator at Liverpool Philharmonic.
What cultural activities do you provide that are specifically aimed at older people?
At Liverpool Philharmonic, one of our values is to be welcoming and as such we feel that everyone who attends any event should be greeted like a good friend. As such, we don’t have age specific events; however we have a number of ways in which we support a variety of needs.
In what ways are your other cultural activities made more accessible to older people?
We have fantastic Front of House and Box Office teams who offer advice on the best ways to enjoy your visit to Liverpool Philharmonic, from booking accessible seating to extra assistance you may need during your visit. In addition to this, we also offer an Access Scheme (details of which can be found on our website, or a paper guide is available from Box Office) which provides practical information on supporting a visit to the Hall.
What are the benefits or results of the measures you take to engage with older people?
We believe in championing a diverse and inclusive environment – where everyone can engage and enjoy world class music.
Is there one thing that you think is really successful for engaging older people in cultural activities?
In order for us to provide an amazing experience from start to finish, we should listen to the needs and wants of our audiences and ensure that we put in place the correct levels of support and information. Also, that we continue to seek opportunities to learn from the communities around us in order to grow as an organisation.