Discovery Festival will give the public an opportunity to discover more about disability

The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPwD) is acknowledged each year on 03 December. Celebrated globally, the IDPwD aims to promote a positive image of people with disabilities through celebrating their achievements and providing an understanding of disability issues.

The Discovery Festival shares these aims and this year will run from Wednesday 03 to Friday 05 December, with the hub of activity based in High Chelmer Shopping Centre.

There will be a range of interactive activities to get involved with throughout the week including music, dance, arts, workshops and sporting activities. Whether you take part in Essex Travel Trainings discovery hunt, have a game of table cricket, get creative with Zinc Arts, have a go at wheelchair dancing or come along to watch Hands 4 Voices signing choir, the Discovery Festival really does have something for everyone.

Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Nicolette Chambers, said: ‘The event will be a great opportunity for all Chelmsford residents to learn about the impact of living with a disability and the incredible range of support services available in our area; enabling all attendees to learn something new about disability.’

City of Chelmsford Mencap, Dawn Simmons, added: ‘The Discovery Festival has become an important part of City of Chelmsford Mencap’s calendar. It gives us the opportunity to showcase the abilities and potential of our members and to engage with more people who can benefit from our services.’

Last year’s event was a great success, with hundreds of people visiting stalls and participating in activities over the week. Chelmsford City Council and ecdp hope to build on last year’s success and make the Discovery Festival even better for 2014.

Put the date in your diary and come along to start your own journey of discovery.

For more information and to view a full programme of what’s on during the week, visit our web page

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