Warrington Disability Partnership working together with BHTA

BHTA Engages with Warrington Disability Partnership

Sally Edgington (Research & Support Lead) met with Dave Thompson (CEO & Founder) to establish how both organisations could work together. Warrington Disability Partnership are a user led voluntary organisation, registered charity and limited company operating a social enterprise with over 26 years experience of providing mobility & independent living solutions. They also run the Phoenix project in conjunction with St Mark Universal Copts CareA UK based international aid charity mainly supporting the healthcare crisis in Egypt. The project aims to help with the recycling of mobility and independent living equipment either used or new and items are required include Wheelchairs, Profiling beds, hoists and slings, Zimmer frames, Crutches and much more. The equipment is all checked and re-conditioned in Warrington and sent in containers to the Middle East to help disadvantaged people. If you would like to donate equipment or support this project please see www.disabilitypartnership.org.uk

BHTA are working in partnership with Warrington Disability Partnership and will be exhibiting at Disability Awareness Day (DAD) on Sunday 16th July 2017 at Walton Hall & Gardens. This event is the world’s largest ‘not for profit’ voluntary-led disability exhibition, held annually for the past 25 years in a huge tented village within the grounds of Walton Hall. Visitors to the show will find over 250 exhibitors, equipment suppliers, transport, holidays, leisure, employment, support groups and services. PLUS a Sports Zone including Scuba diving, an Arts Marquee and family entertainment. The show opens at 10am and finishes at 5pm, and entry is FREE with a FREE programme. Disability Awareness Day is a pan disability event which promotes a can do culture focusing on what disabled people can do throughout life and work. The show has three main aims:

  • To highlight what statutory, private or voluntary services are available to enable disabled people to stay independent.
  • To promote equipment and aids that could maintain or improve independence, not just what is offered by statutory service providers, we want everyone to see the best and/or latest designs
  • To provide an opportunity to showcase what disabled people can do, in the field of Sport, Arts and Entertainment

As well as fulfilling all these aims every year the show also gives everyone who comes a really good day out filled with interest, fun and entertainment!

BHTA have also worked with WDP to develop Disability Awareness/ Confidence Workshops the aim of the workshops is to help people understand disability from a human rights perspective. It is effective in helping staff and organisations to understand the barriers facing disabled people and more importantly, what steps can be taken to create inclusive services. The benefits of attending a workshop include: Disability confident staff, Increased disabled customer satisfaction, Wider pool of applicants for vacancies, An inclusive workforce, Legal compliance & Good Corporate Social Responsibility. Content that will be covered during these workshops include information on Definitions of disability, who is included by the term ‘disabled people’, Access and facilities, Disability etiquette, Legal content, Equality Act 2010, Meeting the needs of all disabled people and National accreditation; including the “Disability Confident” symbol.

The workshops will take place on:

Wednesday 13th September 2017 10am – 2pm (Warrington)

Tuesday 17TH October 2017 10am – 2pm (Wellingborough)

The cost for both of these workshops is £40 per person and includes lunch and refreshments.

Places are limited and on a first come first served basis, to book your place please email sally.edgington@bhta.com



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