The Annual Event:
Progress Project has delivered an International Day of Disabled People [IDDP] celebration event in December every year since 2013: the event brings disabled people of all ages together within Barking & Dagenham and comprises Entertainment e.g. a big-band, engaging activities e.g. fun games, Speakers, Awards Ceremony, refreshments and time for attendees to make new friends and enjoy being part of a community.
IDDP is co-produced by 3 x Progress Project part time staff and an IDDP Committee comprising local people and peers i.e. disabled people.
IDDP promotes a vision whereby disabled people focus on ‘what they can achieve as opposed to what they cannot’ which led to us developing a strap-line of “Who says I can’t”, increasingly adopted by our group and local disabled people in general.
We want disabled people to come together and also to connect with the non-disabled community to stop them being a ‘community apart’ and to be accepted as ‘a part of the community’ whereby we all support each other and join together to foster mutual support.
Funding: £5,000 raised will quite simply enable the full IDDP event to go ahead this December; with 7-years’ experience of delivering this event, this budget is ample to deliver the full day and will add to our ongoing fund-raising whereby we conduct activities all year round to promote the day and bring disabled people to the group as part of a cohesive community.