_nig9317_4758Ability Fest is now in its 17th year! It took place, after a 3-year hiatus at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow Central hotel on Wed 12 October 2016.

The event was a fantastic success with in excess of 400 disabled people & carers attending. Doors opened at 10am with the opening ceremony at 10.30am featuring Big Bright Star CIC Director, Debbie Whyte, MSP James Dornan for Glasgow Cathcart, Brian Scott from GDA and event assistant David Weir, all saying a few words before the cake was cut.

All who attended were treated to a fantastic and heart warming performance by Nordan Robbins, Capability Scotland’s choir – Hearts in Harmony, Scotland’s only disabled choir.

Ability Fest is a free and unique event for disabled people, carers and organisations to find out more about opportunities in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

_nig9271_4778It empowers attendees to:

  • Live More Independently
  • Build New Skills or gain qualifications
  • Become a volunteer
  • Take part in leisure or sports
  • Or get a job!

The day also included fun and informative Workshops including:

  • Just Tri-Rugby
  • Glasgow Wellbeing Centre
  • Police Scotland
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Mission Motorsports
  • Indepen-Dance
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis
  • CK UK
  • Home Energy Scotland

Exhibitors included:

_nig9339_4842Enable Scotland, Cornerstone, Good Morning Service, Home Energy Scotland, SAIF, Loretto Care, Trust Rugby, RNIB, CK UK, Concept Northern, SUSE, Mission Motorsports, Shaw Trust, SDEF, UCanDoIT, North Lanarkshire Council, Visibility, Altogether Travel, Inclusion Scotland, Deaf Blind, Lead, Glasgow Clyde College, Momentum Skills, PosAbility Magazine, HSC, Hearts in Harmony, Help for Heroes, Silverbirch, Community Lifestyles, Key Community Supports, GDA, SDSS, Arthritis Care, SITE, Epilepsy Connections, Police Scotland, Crossreach, Dates N Mates, Sol Connect, Skills Development Scotland, Disability Information Scotland, Indepen-Dance, GCIL, Share Scotland, Headway, SCLD, GAP, Jim Byrne and Glasgow Social Work.

For more details and to be a part of Ability Fest 2017, contact Debbie Whyte of Big Bright Star at deb@bigbrightstar.com, or by calling 0131 552 1500.