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Sync South East is a new leadership development programme recruiting over the month of April 2009. Sync South East is an Accentuate Project

It's designed to support and develop Deaf and disabled people and disability arts organisations and projects in the South East of England so that they can reach their true potential.

The programme is funded by Arts Council England, South East with funds from Accentuate, the Legacy Trust Project for the region.

We’ve less than a month to recruit people – and that’s where you come in.

If you’ve been sent this bulletin, we think you can help us. You might have a membership mailout, a newsletter, a staff team, a loose network of artists or arts practitioners you are in regular contact with or simply a long list of mates. If you could pass this (or its contents) on, we’d be very grateful.

Who is it for?

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You might be thinking: ‘but I don’t know any Deaf or disabled people working in the arts sector?’ – you could be wrong! According to the government, nearly 25% of the UK count as disabled people under the Disability Discrimination Act so there are a lot of us out there, many of us with hidden impairments that you can't see when you meet or work with us.

Sync’s definition of ‘disability’ is wide, and we believe there is a real value in the diversity this brings. We don’t expect people to subscribe to a particular way of thinking or be part of the wider disability movement to get involved. If someone has an impairment and has experienced access barriers as a result, then their experience and perspective is valued and they can apply – we look forward to working with people with hidden impairments, learning disabilities, people with mental health conditions, people with fatigue issues as well as those with sensory and physical impairments.

What’s it involve?

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Two leadership programmes are available, one for organisations (and projects) and one for individuals, and both are free to take part in. Both include real time and virtual elements, individually tailored content and coaching. The programmes are both spread over two and a half years – no ‘quick fix’ this, and it builds on the learning from a smaller national disability leadership programme called Sync - you can find out more about this national programme at

Sync South East will spend the next two and a half years developing leadership skills, knowledge and experience in innovative, creative and accessible ways We will create a network of good practice throughout the region. Our ambition is for the organisations and individuals involved to have an impact throughout and beyond the UK.

So how can people find out more and apply?

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We’ve set up a website at with further information about both programmes and what we are looking for in applicants. People can apply direct from the site, by using the downloadable application forms or by phone. If someone wants to apply in another way, they can just contact us and we will see what we can do. Why not bookmark the site so you can see how the programmes develop? We’ll be using the website to push information out regularly reporting on our progress.

We really hope you can help us get the message out and sorry if you receive this more than once – just goes to show how useful people think you are!

Thanks again, and please do get in touch directly if you think you have something to offer Sync South East or that we might have something specific to offer you. We’ll be needing places to meet, hold events, publicise work and so on all throughout the region over the next few years!

All the best,

Jo Verrent and Sarah Pickthall

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