The countdown is on for this year’s Disability Awareness Day or DAD as it is affectionately known. On Sunday 14th July a huge tented village set in the grounds of the grand settings of Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington will be the location for the world’s largest ‘voluntary led’ pan disability independent living extravaganza, principally sponsored by Your Housing Group.
Over the years DAD has inspired individuals and groups across the UK and the World to set up similar celebratory events including a DAD Gibraltar, India, Denmark, Sweden and closer to home in Leigh, Shropshire and Cornwall.
With an expected 250 exhibitors, and over 25,000 visitors expected to travel to Warrington from across the UK and beyond, DAD will be the finale of a week consisting of 11 complementary events that will attract thousands more visitors.
Event founder and Co-ordinator Dave Thompson MBE DL said “This year’s event has been made possible thanks to the support of our sponsors, led by Your Housing Group, who signed up as principal sponsor.”
Brian Cronin, Chief Executive of Your Housing Group said “Your Housing Group is enormously proud to be the principal sponsor of the Disability Awareness Day 2013. This fantastic event is a unique opportunity to showcase the achievements and talents of disabled people. It also offers Your Housing Group the chance to show the work we are doing across the group on Welfare Reform to ensure that our residents are fully informed and supported.”
During DAD staff from Your Housing Group will be on hand to talk to visitors who may have questions about housing and the recent Welfare Reform changes including the options available and where they can receive the right advice and support. The team will be joined on the stand by Chubb Community Care one of the UK’s leading providers of social alarm and telecare services and a partner of Your Housing Group.
Inclusive Arts is just one of the highlights of the event with disabled performers including Carly and Martin from the BBC’s Autistic Superstars, plus Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists The Urban Gypsies and an exhibition of Artwork produced by disabled artists.
This year’s Sports Zone will include archery, rifle shooting, a climbing wall, wheelchair basketball, golf and scuba diving, with the opportunity to do a taster dive in the onsite temporary swimming pool.
Children and families won’t be stuck for things to do with entertainers and a funfair.
Free accessible Park & Ride service and free bus from Warrington Bus Interchange, British Sign Language Interpreters, a scooter and wheelchair loans service and trained assistants ensure an inclusive event.
Dave Thompson added: “Overall DAD focusses on what disabled people can do, not what we can’t do, and it proves to be a great day out for everyone.”
Photograph by Warrington Camera Club (2012)