Disability Awareness Day
Sunday 10th July 2016
Disability Awareness Day
Sunday 10th July 2016

Disability Awareness Day

Information and advice from over 250 exhibitors
Meet our helpful and friendly show team
Huge range of things to see and do
Enjoy marvellous music in the Arts Marquee
Come and try accessible Scuba Diving

Disability Awareness Day ("DAD") is the world's largest 'not for profit' voluntary-led disability exhibition, held annually in a huge tented village within the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington.

Visitors to the show will find over 250 exhibitors, equipment suppliers, transport, holidays, leisure, employment, support groups and services. PLUS a Sports Zone including Scuba diving, an Arts Marqee and family entertainment. The show opens at 10am and finishes at 5pm, and entry is FREE with a FREE programme.

The Aims of DAD

Disability Awareness Day is a pan disability event which promotes a can do culture focussing on what disabled people can do throughout life and work. The show has three main aims:

As well as fulfilling all these aims every year the show also gives everyone who comes a really good day out filled with interest, fun and entertainment!

Disability Awareness Day 2016 will take place on Sunday 10 July at Walton Hall and Gardens.

Frogtastic in the Park -

6.15pm 9.30pm Tuesday 7th July 2015 - Arts Marquee, Walton Gardens. Featuring 2 Ace Tribute Acts 'Gary Barlow & Freddie Mercury' and "Autistic Superstar" Scott James plus full supporting show

Tickets £4 pay online, on entry or from The Heroes Project

Design a poster for our birthday competition

Young people of Warrington! Enter our competition to design a poster showing what disabled people CAN do and it could be displayed on a shop front in Golden Square! Lots of disabled people can enjoy life at work, at home or playing sports, and they have lots of skills and talents. We want you to design a poster that will help us to shout this message to the whole of Warrington and beyond!

Here's how to enter by Friday 20 November

Diving duo smash 'Going the Extra Mile Challenge'

Full-time wheelchair users Dave Thompson MBE DL, 57, and former Afghanistan serviceman Tom Coleridge, 23, each completed a gruelling 64-length dive at Woolston Neighbourhood Hub on Saturday. They were part of a team that dived the equivalent distance of Warrington to Halewood raising thousands of pounds in the process.

For a full report on our 'Scuba Challenge' click here.

Would YOU go the extra mile for WDP?

Last year, more than 40 people took our 'Going the Extra Mile Scuba Challenge' - raising £3,500. "I truly believe we can top that in 2015", says our charity's Founder and Chief Executive, Dave Thompson MBE DL. "We need people to join Team WDP at Woolston Leisure Centre on Saturday, 5 September." Register today: telephone 01925 240064.

Qualified/non-Qualified divers - click for more details!

Disability Awareness Day 2015: "The Best Yet"

Against the backdrop of a new Head Steward; two new Deputy Head Stewards; a new Sports Zone Co-ordinator; and 28 new Volunteer Stewards, our Chief Executive Officer, Dave Thompson MBE DL declared this year's Disability Awareness Day "one of the best yet." His rousing closing speech to 'DAD's Army' at Walton Hall and Gardens marked the end of a record-breaking day for DAD - now in its 24th year!

For a full report on DAD 2015, click here

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