Free Family Event Aims to Promote Disability Awareness

THE PHYSICAL Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Network (PDSN) is hosting Reading’s First Disability Awareness Day Saturday 17 June 2017.

The event will celebrate the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition.

The free event will take place at Reading Borough Council’s Civic Offices, Bridge Street in central Reading from 11am – 3pm.  The decision was made to hold the event at the end of Carer’s Week as an opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of family and friend carers as part of the event.

Disabled people, their families, carers, voluntary organisations and other service providers will have the opportunity to gather and be part of what promises to be a fun filled and informative day.

The focus of the day will be to include lots of fun and participatory sessions for everyone, including children, other family members and carers.

Plans for the day include free refreshments, information stalls, choir performances, entertainment for adults and children as well as interactive disability awareness sessions.

Chair of the PDSN, Simone Illger, herself a disabled Reading resident, explained:

“Reading’s PDSN is a network made up of local people and representatives from voluntary and statutory sector organisations.  The PDSN provides a forum where we can express our views and have our voices heard.  We would like more people to be aware of us and what we do, which is why we are keen to see as many people attending this event as possible.”

She added:

“Many disabled people have a wealth of knowledge to share with others.  We know from PDSN meetings that there are some fantastic services and facilities out there that everyone should know about.  I am hoping the event’s success will lead to it becoming an annual event.”

Councillor Hoskin, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Health, said:

“This Awareness Day will be a great way for people to find out more about the support available. This should be a great event and I’d encourage anyone who would like to find out more to come along. The Council is committed to working in partnership with the Physical Disability and Sensory Needs network to make Reading a better place for everyone.”

Organisations supporting the event include: The Oracle Shopping Centre; Tesco; Novotel Reading; The Holiday Inn South; the Department of Work and Pensions; MS Therapy Centre; Reading Buses; Adult Social Care Sensory Needs Team; Arthritis Matters, Rock Choir, who will also be performing at the event, and the Stroke Association, amongst others.

For anyone wishing to find out more about the day, please contact: (0118) 937 2383 or email


Notes to Editors

The PDSN Network is an organisation made up of adult social care service users, carers, representatives from national charities and local user-led organisations. Their aim is to improve the quality of life for people with physical disabilities, neurological conditions and sensory loss.


Victoria Nickless

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