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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 - Speech and Boccia and Athletics Sessions

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 - Speech and Drop-in Gym Session

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.


Tin Arts - Movement Performance

Inclusive dance troupe Tin Arts will be performing their sports-themed movement piece 'In the Game'. They are an inclusive dance organisation based in Durham City, delivering throughout the North East of England, offering dance and other performing arts activities for people of all ages and abilities. Please visit their website for more information.


Rookie Sports - 'Rookie Golf' Activity Session

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 - Zumba, Badminton and Cricket Sessions

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


Headway Arts - Dance Workshop

Professional dancer Tracey West will lead a dance and movement session from her work with Headway Arts' Satellites programme for people with a learning disability in Blyth. No experience is necessary just an interest in dance, movement and keeping fit and healthy!
For more info on their inspiring project, please visit their website.


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.


Organisations hosting outreach stalls:

National Careers Service -

The National Careers Service provides free and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to adults and young people to support their decision making about learning and work.

Percy Hedley

Percy Hedley Foundation provides a wide range of services for disabled people and their families across a number of different provisions. Hedleys Sport provides unique opportunities to take part in sport and these include coaching in to schools, higher education settings, community settings and the delivery of taster sessions, festivals and events. This runs alongside the clubs run on site in its purpose built facilities in Killingworth which cater for a wide spectrum of disabilities, abilities and ages. More information can be found on the website www.percyhedley.org.uk

Leonard Cheshire Disability - Can Do Project

'Can Do' is a community volunteering programme for young people aged 16 to 35 who have a disability, mental health or long-term health condition. They offer opportunities ranging from traditional volunteering roles to more bespoke projects, which aim to enable young people to grow in confidence and independence, in the hope to improve their education and employment opportunities.

Learning for Life

Learning for Life North East is a regional specialist provider of services for young people aged 18 plus with a diverse range of disabilities.  We pride ourselves in providing a stimulating and effective learning environment for all including those experiencing more profound and multiple learning and physical difficulties. At Learning for Life each and every one of our young people are valued and respected for their individual contribution and we pride ourselves on embracing diversity and enriching lives.

Arthritis Care UK

Northumbria Police

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue

Northumbria Ambulance Service

Rookie Sports

Pop Up Gym

Grove House

Newcastle College

Yorkshire Care Equipment

North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club

Smile Through Sport

Gateshead Special Olympics

Gateshead Leisure Centre

Disability North


This event is kindly supported by:

The Barbour Foundation

Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust

The J.H. Burn Charity Trust