Caritas Care organised a large awareness event at Preston's Flag Market earlier this week, working with a number of organisations: Spire, Mix ‘n’ Match, Holywell Care, Integrate, UCLan, Carousel, NW Ambulance Service, Advocacy Focus, Dance Syndrome and Health Watch.
During the event, REACT self advocacy group launched its Pat Afflick Award which will be given out each year to someone who has done a lot for people with disabilities. The award was created in honour of Integrate worker Pat who died of cancer in February.
Organiser Martin Layton, disability services manager at Caritas, said: "This is a national event, instigated by Mencap to show the positivity of people living with disabilities and showcasing what we are doing. We have a number of events happening this week.
"Already taken place was the launch event and elsewhere, PNE coaches played football with our adults and young people with disabilities at Play Football, based at Tulketh High Football Academy in Ingol. I want to say a big thank you to the coaches. Everyone enjoyed it."
Further events are happening across the county:
Wednesday June 19:
10.30am until 12.30pm: Live Healthier: Live Longer Life Centre at Chorley Hospital
1pm until 3.30pm - DENW Hate crime Event DENW Office, 103 Church Street, Preston
6.30pm until 9pm: Club 98 Disco Glover’s Bar, 43 Glover's Court, Preston
Thursday June 20 :
10.30am until 3pm Chorley and District Mencap knock-out curling and boccia tournaments at NewTrees Centre (rear of 52-54 Stump Lane) – phone Linda 07872 308006
2pm until 4pm: Face 2 Face, a meeting self-advocates facilitated by REACT. All welcome at Plungington Community Centre, Brook Street, Preston
4pm until 8pm: Music group – with music mixing on computer software - Integrate – 112/116 Tulketh Brow, Ashton, Preston
7.30pm The Greatest Snowman, by ADA (a group of parents who have children with disabilities), Village Hall, Knowle Green. Tickets cost £4 each
Friday June 21:
10am until noon: Music session St Cuthbert’s Church Centre, Lytham Road, Preston
2pm until 4pm: Launch of a new health group with afternoon tea at Plungington Community Centre, Brook Street, Preston
6pm until 9pm: FX Disco with a band at Bannister House, Sedgwick Street, Preston
Saturday June 22:1pm: Walk in the Park (one to two miles) Bring a picnic lunch/buy at cafe. Meet at The Pavilion Cafe, Avenham Park, Preston