Warrington Disability Partnership

The Timeline of WDP


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


  • 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


  • Launched Warrington Disability Sports Forum


  • Opened our Disability Information Point in Warrington Market


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


  • Received BT Getting the Message Across Award


  • Received Leonard Cheshire Enabled Award


  • Partners in launching the Centre for Independent Living


  • Transferred WDIS offices to the Centre for Independent Living


  • 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


  • Launched the North West Positive Action Awards


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


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


  • OWCH pain management group joined WDP
  • Launched our first Lunch Club for older people


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


  • 25th Anniversary year, launch of our Legacy Appeal (This is an ongoing project)
  • Launch of the Accessible Warrington pledge
  • Launch of 25th Disability Awareness Day
  • Launch of our Phoenix Project in partnership with St Mark Universal Copts Care


  • Launch of the Scoota Safe campaign
  • Two apprentices employed through funding from our Legacy Appeal
  • Launched Avitar Project
  • Beyond the Scars joined WDP
  • Launched our Monday Club - lunch club for young disabled people


  • Launched the Information, Advice, Guidance and Sales service in Warrington Hospital
  • Opened Smart Flat, the assistive technology showrooms in our Marjorie Griffiths Learning Centre
  • Launched collaboration with Expanse Learning
  • Beyond the Scars joined WDP
  • WDP Founder Dave Thompson MBE DL received Lifetime Achievement Award at the Warrington Business Awards.
  • WDP received Highly Commended in the North West Charity Awards and in the Warrington Guardian Inspiration Awards.
  • WDP Founder Dave Thompson MBE DL named in UK Brain Charity Top 50 Influential Disabled People


  • Overall winners of the High Sheriff of Cheshire's Enterprise Awards
  • DTC Commercial Director Gavin Thompson named in AMP Power Awards
  • WDP employment team shortlisted in National Employer Awards
  • Relocated Golden Square Mobility and Independent Living Store to larger premises in Sankey Street
  • Relocated Santas Grotto from Warrington Market to Walton Gardens, attracting nearly 2,000 children
  • Overseas donations of recycled mobility and independent living equipment through the Phoenix Project tops 750,000
  • Fundraising from charities attending Disability Awareness Day hits milestone 1million


  • Opened new Mobility and Independent Living Store in Birchwood Shopping Centre
  • Launched new Shopmobility Scheme in Birchwood Shopping Centre
  • Held first virtual Disability Awareness Day
  • First Warrington organisation to achieve Leader accreditation in governments Disability Confident scheme


  • Launched COVID Community Champions project
  • Donations of recycled mobility and independant living equipment hit 1 million pounds
  • Distribution of free PPE to disabled people, carers and PAs tops 2 million
  • 30th Anniversary DAD held live
  • Received Cheshire High Sherrifs award for WDP, two WDP volunteers and DAD
  • Two young WDP volunteers received Cheshire Re-Awards
  • Launched Long COVID support service
  • Received high praise during reaccreditation of MATRIX quality mark.
  • Record visitor numbers at Santas Inclusive Grotto.


  • Launched Springboard COVID employment project
  • Ellie and Chloe, two young WDP volunteers received Cheshire Re-Awards (again!)
  • Launched Loved B4 recycling scheme at the 31st DAD.
  • Back to basics with the recruitment of a Disability and Older Person's Information officer (supported by Cheshire Community Foundation and Steve Morgan Foundation)
  • Launched online sales platform through Disability Trading Company website
  • Developed a storage and distribution centre for DTC services.
  • Sensory area added to WDP's inclusive grotto
  • Record numbers of people (2921) enjoyed Santa's Grotto in Walton Hall and Gardens


  • Launched Energy Efficiency scheme targeted at disabled people and those with long term health conditions.
  • Launched Hubs Mobility Advice Service supporting people who are no longer able to drive.


  • Launched complex pain project in collaboration with various statutory and voluntary sector organisations
  • Launched Cream Tea Cruises, on our Wizard narrowboat.

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 the old Legh Streetcarpark

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