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

What a great day DAD 2015 was!

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 another record-breaking day for DAD – now in its 24th year. More than 20,000 visitors descended on the tented village - housing 250 exhibitors - and enjoyed an eclectic and inclusive mix of arts performers and sports activities, as well as picking up information about a wide range of support.

The world’s largest not-for-profit, voluntary-led, pan-disability exhibition got off to a slightly damp start, but clouds soon gave way to brilliant sunshine - best enjoyed from the top of a 30-metre cherry-picker offering panoramic views of the showground.

“It’s without doubt one of the best DADs I can remember,” says Dave. “I’d like to thank all our sponsors and supporters – especially our principal sponsor, Your Housing Group. They can all take pride in knowing that thanks to them, disabled people left our showground today feeling empowered, better informed and thoroughly entertained.

‘Special thanks to my son Gavin Thompson, our Head Steward for this year, who together with his new Deputies - John Munslow and Dave Williams - put in almost 100 hours’ work over ‘DAD Week’, leading ‘DAD’s Army’. It’s no exaggeration to say that without our Community Engagement and Fundraising Team - led by Janis Williams - and our DAD Admin Team - led by Caroline Thompson and Brun Munslow - and all the team at WDP, today’s event could not have happened.

‘I’d also like to congratulate Brun, who along with Pete Pinnington Presents, organised THE best DAD Launch Day and Arts Marquee programme I can remember, which had an inclusive bill of Britain’s hottest new acts, as well as disabled performers.

‘Our bright new talent, Stacey King, co-ordinated her first ever Sports Zone this year – bringing visitors opportunities to try everything from scuba diving and fencing, to accessible rugby, football and tennis.

‘Among my personal highlights were ‘Frogtastic’ - our party night for people with learning disabilities - and our Mega BBQ, Quiz and Charity Auction, which raised £4,896. This was topped up to £5,000 by Warrington Worldwide and MBS Site Supplies, and then doubled to £10,000 by Barclays Access! It’s that kind of incredible generosity which will fund extra-special plans for our 25th anniversary show next year!”

Other highlights of the day included a wheelchair basketball tournament between the Your Housing Group-sponsored Cheshire Phoenix basketball team and Warrington Disability Partnership, which was won by the charity. Paralympian hopeful and World Youth 100m and 200m champion Shaun Burrows received a sponsorship cheque totalling £1,500 from Your Housing Group Chair Kathy Cowell OBE DL.

Over in the Arts Marquee, Ella Performance Group stole the show with excerpts from ‘Oliver The Musical’, which will be showcased for one night only at Pyramid & Parr Hall on Sunday 13 September.

The prize for ‘Best Voluntary Sector Stand’ was awarded to Rachel’s Journey, and the ‘Best Business Stand’ was independently judged to be WDP’s trading arm, the Disability Trading Company.

On behalf of the DAD Senior Management Team, Dave paid special thanks to the young volunteers from Warrington Sea Cadets, Warrington Army Cadets and Warrington Scouts - as well as to more senior volunteers from Lions Clubs International, Warrington Rotary, HMP Thorn Cross and Walton Hall staff and rangers.

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

Party in the Park

Free Event Wednesday 8th July 2015 Annual Party in the Park for Children and Young People with Disabilities. from 5 - 25 years. For more information contact Stacey, or the DAD Team on 01925 240064

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


It's official! all exhibition spaces inside and out have been alocated for this year's event. A reserve list has been established, for more details please contact Donna on 01925 240064

It's nearly here... Disability Awareness Day 2015

A Second World War Dakota flypast through clear blue skies is set to be among the highlights of Warrington Disability Partnership's (WDP) internationally-recognised Disability Awareness Day (DAD) 2015 - now in its 24th year!

Click for details on our Disability Awareness Day 2015 plans