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International Day of Disabled People 2016

International Day of Disabled People 2016 logo and sports balls


Disability North’s International Day of Disabled People 2016

Date: Saturday 3 December 2016, 11 am – 4 pm
Venue: Gateshead Leisure Centre, Shipcote Lane, Gateshead, NE8 4JA
Cost: FREE to delegates - FREE Parking

About the Day:

Each year, Disability North holds an event to celebrate the United Nation’s International Day of Disabled People. The event is a celebration of the services, facilities and projects in our region that promote inclusion and access for disabled people.

The theme of the event this year is sport – a fitting and exciting theme given the 2016 Paralympics. Our aim is to celebrate diversity and inclusion in sport, as well as the many health benefits of an active lifestyle. The event will be host to an array of speakers and participatory activities, including presentations by Gateshead Special Olympics, Boccia trial sessions, Zumba and more.

Booking Your Place

To register for the event and to book your place on any of the activity sessions, please click here.

Please note that you do not need to register to attend the event, however registering will ensure your place on your desired activity session. Thank you.

Exhibiting at the International Day

If your organization would like to have a presence at the event, please contact Emma Banks at Disability North for more information by clicking here.

Outreach stalls are priced at £50 plus VAT.

Our Speakers and Activity Sessions:


Gateshead Special Olympics

This year we have an exciting array of inspiring individuals and organisations speaking at IDDP. Athletes from Gateshead Special Olympics will be sharing their stories about the positive impact sport has had on their lives. Gateshead Special Olympics is run by qualified coaches that offer people with learning disabilities the chance to train and compete in local, national and international sporting competitions. The programme aims to promote the health and social benefits of realising sporting dreams. Special Olympics will be hosting activity taster sessions at IDDP 2016 including Boccia and Athletics, for all to try. To learn more about the Gateshead Special Olympics, click here to watch their video.


Pop Up Gym

Also joining us will be Pop Up Gym founder Drew Graham to speak about his innovative new organisation. Pop Up Gym aims to provide a rehabilitation and fitness maintenance service for people with spinal cord injuries. Rather than a static gym, the Pop Up Gym travels across the North bringing the equipment to you. There will be the opportunity to test Pop Up Gym's specialist gym equipment during their drop-in session at IDDP 2016, including a Functional Electrical Stimulation bike. Pop Up Gym is a not for profit set up and managed by Drew, a C4 tetraplegic. To learn more about Pop Up Gym, click to visit their website or Facebook page.


Rookie Sports

We are pleased to welcome Rookie Sports to IDDP, a Newcastle based organisation committed to providing fun accessible activity programmes for all. They promote physical, emotional and mental wellbeing through an array of activities focused on social and community cohesion. Rookie Sports will be hosting a taster session of their original game Rookie Golf, at IDDP 2016. To find out more, click to visit their website or Facebook page.



Gateshead Council

In addition to working in association with Disability North, Gateshead Council will be hosting a Zumba fitness session, Badminton and Cricket at IDDP. If you have ever been curious about trying the dance fitness programme known as Zumba, come along to the taster session in the afternoon and give it a go. There will be fun music and a great atomosphere for everyone to get moving to.

Gateshead Council logo Zumba   Maison De M A I

Seminar: 'Disability Benefits - What You Need to Know' - hosted by Disability North

Disability North will be hosting an informational seminar on disability benefits. If you have a queries regarding this topic, please feel free to attend the seminar to have your questions answered. You can book your place by completeing the online registration form for the event, located at the top of the page.



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