Three local disability organisations, Wirral Mencap, Options for Supported Living and Wirral Evolutions have jointly secured £10,000 from the National Lottery to hold an inclusive community festival in Birkenhead Park this summer. ‘One Wirral’ will be a festival for the whole community, celebrating the diversity of Wirral and all the peninsula has to offer. It will bring together community groups from across the borough to showcase talents and activities such as dance, drama and music, and will encourage people to find a new hobby or join a new group in their area.
The three disability organisations will work closely with partners to ensure that the festival reaches all parts of the community and is inclusive to all, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, cultural views, sexuality or disability.
As well as being a great day out for the whole community, the event aims to highlight the achievements and positive contributions made to society by local people with a learning disability. Each organisation is recruiting a number of representatives who will be at the centre of planning, promotion and delivery.
One of the representatives, Jim Williams, said, “I think it will be lovely for the community and for all the clubs and groups to come together”. Another of the reps, Graham Trivett said, “With getting all of us together, it’ll be interesting to see what we can achieve.”
Lee Van Chaplin, who receives support from Options for Supported Living said, “This festival will be great. I’m working towards being more independent so this will give me a chance to meet people and let people in the community see that I want the same things as everyone else, I would like to see if there are things I can get involved in – I’m really interested in music and one day I would like to become a DJ”.
If you are interested in finding out more about One Wirral Fest, please contact Wirral Mencap on 0151 666 1829.