Warrington Disability Partnership

The Timeline of WDP

1991

  • Launched Warrington Information Group for the Disabled at Dallam Day Centre

1992

  • Changed name to Warrington Disability Information Services (WDIS)
  • Launched first Disability Awareness Day now recognised as the worlds largest voluntary led, pan disability event.
  • Invited to participate in two European exchange projects, Access Europe and HELIOS II. They were aimed at sharing best practise in independent living, involved 48 visits to sites across Europe.
  • Launched Warrington Wolves Disability Sports Club at the Dallam Day Centre

1993

  • Launched Warrington Disability Sports Forum

1994

  • Opened our Disability Information Point in Warrington Market

1995

  • Opened Warrington Shopmobility in Legh Street Multi Storey Car Park (3rd in UK)
  • Launched our annual Appreciation of Efforts Awards

1996

  • Received BT Getting the Message Across Award

1998

  • Received Leonard Cheshire Enabled Award

1999

  • Partners in launching the Centre for Independent Living

2001

  • Transferred WDIS offices to the Centre for Independent Living

2003

  • Launched Warrington Disability Partnership bringing together Warrington Committee for Disabled People, Warrington Disability Information Services, Warrington Disability Sports Forum and Warrington Shopmobility
  • Launched Warrington Disability Forum

2004

  • Launched the North West Positive Action Awards

2006

  • WDP received the Queens Award for Voluntary Services from Duke of Gloucester during his visit to the Centre for Independent Living
  • Received award for Best Contribution to the Community in Warrington Guardian Business Awards

2007

  • Purchased first new Caravan in Pensarn North Wales
  • Took ownership of the Wizard Narrow Boat

2008

  • Secured nearly 1million funding from the Community Assets Transfer Fund to refurbish the Centre for Independent Living
  • Purchased second new Caravan in Rhyl North Wales

2009

  • Relocated to temporary accommodation during the refurbishment of the Centre for Independent Living
  • Launched the Warrington Access Guide
  • Received Avanta national employment award for Best Partner
  • Received national award for Best Independent Living Initiative from Breakthrough UK
  • Received Prime Service Delivery Award from Cheshire County Council in their Cheshire Positive Awards for Business

2010

  • Returned to the refurbished Centre for Independent Living
  • Opened our new Learning Centre
  • Opened our new Mobility Training Track
  • Opened our new Mobility Workshop and Service Centre
  • Opened our new Galleries Community Caf
  • Received Best Sexual Health Project of the Year in the National Brook Awards

2011

  • Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire officially re-opened our refurbished Centre for Independent Living
  • Launched the Disability Trading Company, WDPs social enterprise
  • Countess of Wessex visited our Disability Awareness Day 20th Anniversary event
  • Announcement of our Community Patrons at WDPs 20th Anniversary event held at Warrington Town Hall
  • Opened our first Mobility & Independent Living Store (MILS) in Golden Square
  • Received Employer of the Year Award from WIRE FM's Local Heroes Awards

2012

  • Opened our second Mobility & Independent Living Store (MILS) in the LifeHouse in Liverpool
  • Extended our Mobility Workshop and Service Centre

2013

  • Launched our Mobility and Independent Living Recycling Project
  • Extended our Learning Centre and renamed it the Marjorie Griffiths Learning Centre

2015

  • Received Supportive Employer Award for Armed Forces Reserves from SABRE
  • Founder Dave Thompson MBE DL joins team as Chief Executive

2016

  • 25th Anniversary year, launch of our Legacy Appeal

1991: Eric James and Dave Thompson at Warrington Information Group for the Disabled

1992: Warrington Wolves Sports Club trip to Nachod in the Czech Republic

1992: Event programme from the first Disability Awareness Day

1994: The original Disability Information stall in Warrington Market

1994: Fred at the original Shopmobility in Legh carpark

2003: The original Trustees of WDP

2011: Offical opening of the refurbished Centre for Independant Living

2011:Countess of Wessex visit to the 20th Disability Awareness Day