PART OF A WALES-WIDE SCHEME TO HELP THE DISABLED ACCESS THE ARTS
The Card Network in Sandycroft has just begun to print the first ever Hynt cards, part of a new initiative to support disabled patrons and their Carers in accessing the arts at venues across Wales.
Hynt, which launched at the beginning of April in Cardiff, is a pan-Wales initiative, commissioned by Arts Council of Wales and managed by Creu Cymru in partnership with Diverse Cymru.
Hynt is made of three main components: a centrally administered card scheme, entitling cardholders to a ticket, free-of-charge for a Carer or Personal Assistant; a website providing a range of accessibility information; and an ongoing training programme for its network of venues.
The Card Network were awarded with the contract for the production and administration of the Hynt card, mainly thanks to their experience of delivering similar programmes.
ID card specialists
For the last ten years, The Card Network has managed and administered the Cinema Exhibitors Association (CEA card) – a national card scheme for disabled guests visiting the cinema. Disabled patrons with a valid CEA card are also eligible for one complimentary ticket for their carer.
Neal Smith, MD of The Card Network said:
“We’re delighted to see the first Hynt cards rolling off our presses and being posted out, and we’re really pleased to be part of such an important and ground-breaking scheme. It’s great to know that we’re supporting a Wales-wide initiative from Flintshire.”
30 of Wales’ cultural venues are currently signed up to the scheme, including Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold and Venue Cymru in Llandudno. It is expected that up to 9,000 disabled patrons will sign up as scheme members.
Hynt Project Manager Emma Evans said:
“The Card Network has been much more than just a supplier on this project, they’ve been a true partner. Their experience in managing the CEA card has proved to be invaluable to us. We’re looking forward to seeing the first Hynt cards presented in the venues themselves, then all our hard work will have become a reality.”
Those who wish to apply for a Hynt card can do so online at www.hynt.co.uk. The process is simple – fill in a short application form, provide a passport style photograph and proof of eligibility. A photo ID card is then printed and sent to you.
The Hynt scheme is the first initiative of its kind, placing Wales as a leader in the improvement of equality of access across the arts.