Warrington Disability Partnership

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP) is leading the town's celebrations for this years International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) that has been annually observed on 3rd December around the world since 1992.

The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

WDP is recognised as one of the UK’s leading user led disability charities, with 27 services aimed at promoting and supporting independent living for Warrington’s 34,000 disabled people, and further afield with WDP’s reach also extending across to Liverpool and across the UK and many countries around the world. Take a look at WDP’s timeline on their website www.disabilitypartnership.org.uk to see the impact the charity has had since it was launched in 1991.

Co-founder and Chief Executive Dave Thompson MBE DL said “At WDP we lead by example, with over 80% of our 50 staff and 230 volunteers are disabled people. We believe it’s what disabled people can do that really matters”.

Over 83% of the UK’s 13.9 million disabled people acquire their disability during their working life. For many it is life changing, affecting them physically, sensory, cognitively and mentally. Dave said “Information, advice and guidance are vital to enabling people to understand that they have choices about life and work. Many people fear for the future, not knowing where to turn to, often they simply need a listening ear, and someone to help them to navigate their journey ahead”.

This year WDP will celebrate the International Day by launching their annual “Appreciation of Efforts Awards” which aim to recognise and reward organisations and individuals that have gone the extra mile to improve the lives of local disabled people.

Nominating an organisation or individual is easy, simply call WDP on 240064 to request an application form, or download one from WDP’s website or collect a nomination form one of WDP’s services: Shopmobility or Mobility and Independent Living Store in the Golden Square or Centre for Independent Living in Evelyn Street, off Liverpool Road.

Winners will be invited to a presentation ceremony as part of WDP’s Annual General Meeting that will be held on Tuesday 22nd January, where they will receive a framed certificate.

Nominations close on the 31st December.