The Salvation Army join DAD's army!

5 people on exhibition stall at Disability Awareness Day with banner saying 'Steps to Work' behind them
18th July, 2022

Yesterday the Steps to Work Team and three trainees - Daniel, Leona and Helena - represented Strawberry Field at the 31st Disability Awareness Day (DAD) in Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington.

Dave Thompson, event founder and chief executive of WDP, said: “The back-story to DAD is a great example of just how far a can-do attitude can take you.

“There is no greater satisfaction for me than seeing DAD’s army of more than 100 volunteers coming together to support people to enjoy and access our week-long programme of events, all of which are about celebrating diversity and promoting independent living.

“There is something for everyone during DAD and DAD Week and I urge people of all ages to take the opportunity to join us at Walton Hall Gardens.”

There were over 250 exhibitors showcasing mobility support, independent living and the theme of a ‘can do’ culture, as well as enjoying the Sports Zone, Arts Marquee, Main Arena and Family Entertainments. DAD offered something for everyone and a fun day out for the whole family.

A crowd watching drummers perform

At our stall we spoke to hundreds of people around visiting our amazing centre and made some great contacts who can support our Steps to Work programme including a martial arts and tai-chi instructors who both offered to come along to the Work Readiness Course and run some sessions.

We already have 16th July in our diary for DAD 2023 - we hope to see you there!


“The plan to open Strawberry Field to the public for the first time - so people can see a unique exhibition about the home, how and why the song was written by John, and allow visitors to explore the grounds as John did as a child - is very exciting.”

Lady Judy Martin OBE