Ground Rules for Participants

Together! welcomes all Disabled people to our free Clubs and other arts activities including people with learning difficulties, people with sensory and mobility impairments, people with mental health difficulties and people with long-term health conditions. If you are taking part to support a Disabled person, you can find the Code of Practice for Personal Assistance here. (If you would like to volunteer, the Code of Conduct for Directors, Employees, Apprentices, Interns and Volunteers here.)

We ask participants or the person supporting them to make the following commitments:

  • We will do our best to be on time.
  • We will switch our phones to silent/vibrate during the activity. If we need to make or take a call, we will mute ourselves and switch our cameras off.
  • We recognize that we are all equally valuable as human beings, and that everyone’s work and opinions are important and deserve respect.
  • We recognize that we all have different needs, and will do our best to facilitate each other to participate equally.
  • We will take it in turns to speak or Sign, so that everyone has a chance to express themselves, and we can all listen to what they have to say. We welcome everyone’s contribution.
  • We will listen to each other with respect for our different viewpoints, beliefs, cultures and backgrounds. We are happy that everyone is different and thinks differently.
  • We will provide positive and constructive feedback about each other’s work. Discussions and criticism must focus on issues, not individuals.
  • We will respect each other’s privacy and confidentiality, and will not repeat personal information that is shared during the activity to other people.
  • We will tell the activity leader about anything that would make the activity more accessible or more enjoyable for us, as well as raising any concerns or complaints with them.
  • We will be mindful of the language we use, and ensure that it reflects the Ground Rules.
  • We will not use drugs or alcohol during the activity, nor smoke or vape on camera.

Together! 2012 CIC reserves the right to remove access to Zoom activities, either temporarily or permanently and with or without warning, from anyone breaching the Ground Rules. This is in order to maintain a welcoming, creative and safer space for other participants. Together! 2012 CIC recognises that many external factors can influence someone’s behaviour. If your access to our Zoom Clubs and activities has been removed, Together! 2012 CIC will usually invite you to take a four-week break and then re-commit to the Ground Rules before re-joining. Serious breaches of the Ground Rules will result in permanent exclusion from participatory activities.


This Policy is monitored on an ongoing basis and reviewed annually by the directors to ensure that it remains fit for purpose, and is updated as necessary.

Reviewed and updated 12/4/2024.