Parents in the Performing Arts (PiPA) work is founded on the key principle that a truly world-class Performing Arts is inclusive of all talents and circumstances and that parents and carers are supported to reach their full potential at every stage of their career. This report outlines the work of PiPA’s inaugural pilot project in Scotland which took place between November 2019 to September 2020. It was delivered in partnership with Federation of Scottish Theatre and funded by the Workplace Equality Fund.
The key aims were to:
- Support parents and carers to have the knowledge and skills to progress in their careers whilst managing caring responsibilities
- Enable performing arts organisations to have the skills, knowledge, policies and practices to support increased flexible working opportunities
- Increase engagement with PiPA’s work in Scotland and build new partnerships
A summary of the key outcomes from the report can be found below, you can download and read the full report by clicking the button at the bottom of this article.
- Effectiveness of working with both freelancers and a range of organisations across different scales to influence/change a connecting strategy with responsiveness and perspectives on the ground.
- The positive impact of working with decentralised models and more bespoke, smaller-scale interventions.
- Opportunity for PiPA to maximise its own and other organisations resources through collaborative, consultative and networked activity.
- Covid has revealed a lot of useful learning, both for PiPA and for organisations in the sector, which is outlined throughout the report.
- Opportunity to further develop profiling and working with carers, as well as increasing the geographic reach, diversity and intersectionality of the parents and carers that PiPA engages with.
- Need and appetite for PiPA’s work to continue in Scotland has been strongly demonstrated through ongoing engagement and final evaluation.