Disability Awareness Day

This year Creative Support was once again represented at “Europe’s largest voluntary led pan disability event” which is now in its 20th year and was held on July 10th at Walton Hall Gardens, Warrington.

There were a number of events in the days leading up to Disability Awareness Day (DAD) and Dave and Mandy, from Warrington Day Centre, attended to display their smoothy making skills, ably assisted by Centre volunteer Gary Blease. The Day Centre team promoted the benefits of healthy eating and the 5 a day initiative encouraging everyone to eat a variety of fruit and vegetables as part of an everyday diet. Dave, Mandy, and Gary spent time creating delicious and nutritional smoothies to hand out to visitors attending Walton Hall Gardens and after some initial hiccups in the taste department, found the perfect smoothies to please all discerning palates!

The banana smoothies were lipsmackingly delicious.

So good I came back for 90 more!!!!

Delicious, refreshing, and good to know all naturally healthy produce.

Warrington Day Centre’s resident Drama Group also performed a new piece written specially for the event. Entitled ‘I know my place’, the Drama Group explored mental health stereotypes set against real quotes from service users and professionals from around the region. Although light-hearted, the show had quite an impact on their audience on the event’s Mental Health Day. One of the organisers, Adrian Barrowdale, said of the show: ‘That’s the most focussed the audience have been all day.’

On DAD day itself, staff arrived from the Warrington ABI, Learning Disability and Mental Health services (all a bit bleary eyed from the early Sunday morning start) with the minibus stocked with an array of displays, booklets, leaflets, T-shirts, cups, pens and welcome packs to ensure that the positive services Creative Support provides to the Warrington community were displayed and highlighted to all who attended the event.

During the event staff and volunteers met and chatted with many visitors to the Creative Support stand explaining the variety of services we provide to members of the Warrington community, they also discussed Creative Support’s approach to the personalisation agenda and how we can support referrals from people with direct payment budgets in order to meet the requirements of each individual.

Feedback received throughout the day was extremely positive:

I have continued peace of mind with the support provided, keep up the excellent work.

I am pleasantly surprised at the services Creative Support provide.

The Creative Support stand is one of the best at the event and very colourful!

A number of referrals packs have been sent out as a result of the DAD day as well as the numerous welcome packs, cups, pens, and t-shirts that were handed out on the day to the hundreds of visitors to the Creative Support stand.

Without doubt the excellent work that all Creative Support Warrington services provide to adults with support needs was well represented at the event and a special thanks to the volunteers who turned up on the day to support the staff, Jenny Horn, Mike Stevens and Clare Haslam.




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