Disabled Access Day is dedicated to empowering disabled people to have the opportunity to try and activity they have never tried before (or thought was possible!) or visit somewhere they have never been before, having the chance to make new friends and have fun! It is a day where various venues from art galleries to cafes can engage with new people and develop or promote their venues accessibility. With many venues taking part and many people getting involved the day is all about boosting confidence in disabled people to go out and try something fresh and have new experiences!
Last year was the first ever Disabled Access Day where 261 venues of all shapes and sizes and over 1000 people took part in a range of activities on offer. Here at Wac Arts we hosted WACCESS, sponsored by Euan’s Guide, where we put on a day of fun free activities for young people and their friends, families and carers. WACCESS included activities such as African dance classes, a Boccia Bowls tournament, table tennis, crafts and drumming. The day promoted the importance of disabled access and offered an exciting opportunity for disabled people to engage with new activities and what we do here weekly at Wac Arts.
Following the success of last year on 12th March Wac Arts hosted WACCESS 2016. Expanding from last year the day featured a range of exciting activities including; Fencing, Archery, Boccia, Table Tennis, Music, Dance, Health Consultancy, IAG Media and Sensory Workshops, and as a result of such enthusiasm from the day Wac Arts are now looking into running permanent Archery classes!
The day was a success and furthered our mission for empowering disabled people to get out and try activities they would not normally try and giving them the choice and chance to do them in a safe and fun environment. The mayor of Camden Larrain Revah was even in on it, ‘Very excited to visit WA… they have a Disability Access day, stalls, organisations talking about the services they offer in Camden’.
We look forward to WACCESS 3 in 2017!