Disability Awareness Day
Sunday 17th July 2022
Hello and welcome to DAD 2022, our 31st annual event.
Huge thanks to Expanse Learning Group and United Utilities for their continued support as our Joint Principal Sponsors for this year’s event.
Next, it's thank you to all of our Corporate Supporters for their financial and in-kind donations. And a big thank you to members of our DAD Management Team, who have worked tirelessly for the past twelve months in preparation of this year's events.
This year's DAD will be held after a fun packed week of complimentary events none of which would have been possible without the support of our partners: Ella Performance Group, Creating Adventures, Merseycare NHS Community Foundation Trust, Warrington Youth Club, Warrington Wolves Foundation, WIRED Carers Centre and Halton Carers Centre, and our great team, both on site at Walton Hall and Gardens and back in the office at the Centre for Independent Living.
Visitors to this year’s main event will have lots to choose from with over 250 exhibitors from charities, statutory service providers and businesses, a Sports Zone packed with have-a-go events, a Performing Arts Marquee hosting some of the UK’s top disabled artists, a Visual Arts Marquee, a Silent Disco, a Main Arena and children’s entertainments.
Our local event here in Warrington continues to inspire disability related events around the world. This year's partners include Closing the Gap a user led organisation in Cameroon who have an amazing leader Takang Aya Ayuk who has been in constant contact via WhatsApp to keep us updated on their progress.
I'm proud to say that during the past thirty one years we have created, what has become, not only Warrington’s largest community event, but the world’s largest voluntary led pan disability event which promotes a "can do" culture focussing on what disabled people can do which helps to dispels the myths about what disabled people can't do. Exciting news, we are currently in discussion with Warringon Borough Council about a celebration event promoting the 2022 Rugby League World Cup that will be held here in the UK, with three games in Warrington, as well as Physical Disability and Learning Disability matches. Come along on the day to see the World Cup trophies.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who shares and supports the DAD dream, and special thanks to our volunteer stewards and helpers aptly named DAD’s Army, our exhibitors and of course you, our visitors. We hope you have an enjoyable, informative and inspiring day at DAD 2022. Thank you.
Dave Thompson MBE DL MBA
Founder and Event Co-ordinator