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Mobility Events Calendar

19th February 2021

From the latest stairlift to the newest walk-in baths and technology, there are lots of useful items that can help those with limited mobility continue to live active and independent lives.

These latest technologies are often displayed at mobility events which allows them to show off what they can do. The mobility and disability sector is always evolving with new products hitting the market, but the best way to keep up to date with new innovations is to visit the latest exhibitions and events that are taking place throughout 2021.

Here we give you an insight into the top mobility and disability shows, but please bear in mind that some are designed specifically for care providers and other healthcare professionals.

February

Do Your Own Thing with Heart n Soul

Dates of event: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Location: Online

Heart n Soul, the award-winning creative arts company who believe in the talents and power of people with learning disabilities, and who provide opportunities for people to discover, develop and share this talent, will be running the events.

These free creative sessions offer training in music, dance, radio DJing and digital arts to young people (aged 10-25 years) with learning disabilities who are new to the arts.

With the UK still in lockdown in February, Heart n Soul have been offering a range of activities that people can enjoy from home. Each activity is happening on Zoom as there are chat and drawing sessions every Monday, movement and dance every Wednesday and art sessions on Fridays.

Visit the event page website here.

March

Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions

Dates of events: From 1 March 2021 (Venue to Virtual), 17 March 2022 (Kidz to Adultz Middle), Postponed until 2022 (Kidz to Adultz South), Postponed until 2022 (Kidz to Adultz Wales & West), 17 November 2021 (Kidz to Adultz North), 9 September 2021 (Kidz to Adultz Scotland).

Location: Ericsson Exhibition Hall at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry (Kidz to Adultz Middle), Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre (Kidz to Adultz South), International Conference Centre in Newport (Kidz to Adultz Wales & West), Kidz to Adultz North venue TBC, Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh (Kidz to Adultz Scotland).

Disabled Living has been organising the very prestigious Kidz to Adultz events since 2001 and now hold five of the largest free UK exhibitions totally dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers and all the professionals who support and work with them.

At the events there is generally around 100-180 exhibitors sharing information and offering advice on the following:

•Funding

•Mobility

•Seating

•Beds

•Communication

•Education

•Legal matters

•Sport activities

•Holidays and leisure

•Access

•Accessible vehicles

There are also free CPD seminars for professionals, parents and carers to attend.

The Venue to Virtual event is an online platform that offers visitors virtual access to the many exhibitors, companies, voluntary and support organisations who will be showcasing their products, equipment and outlining details of their services at various times during the week-long event. You can also download exhibitors’ PDFs and brochures, with the added bonus of an online Q&A chat facility where you can ask the experts questions and their advice on a wider range of products, issues, and concerns (anonymously if you prefer). There is also the opportunity to take part in live polls and competitions! You can register to attend this event here.

Visit the event page website here.

Naidex

Dates of event: 18-19 March 2021 (virtual event)

Location: Online

The Naidex event is Europe's most established event dedicated to the disability, healthcare and independent living sectors.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the esteemed event will be returning for a landmark 47th year, but this year it will be different as it will be virtual. The two-days will offer free advice and education on the most pressing challenges in the mobility sector.

As part of the virtual event, you can listen to live seminars from leading experts in the industry, meet virtually with suppliers that can help offer you products and solutions to overcome your challenges and network with experts and forge relationships with existing and new contacts.

You will still be able to see the latest innovations in mobility, care, moving & handling, rehab, assistive technology, accessible design and more.

Normally there are more than 18,000 like-minded individuals annually turning out for this show and it is hoped many of these people will be attending and visiting the virtual stands this year.

Visit the event page website here.

April

RISE Expo

Dates of event: 23 April 2021 (Moving & Handling), 11 May 2021 (Housing & Adaptations), 30 June 2021 (Therapy Integration), 18 August 2021 (Kids Can & SEN), 5 October 2021 (Ability & Advice), 23 November (Community & Care)

Location: Online

The RISE Expo will be returning, but this year it will be different!

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Rise4Disability team will be going virtual. Instead of the event being held at the Kent Event Centre like previous years, there will be zone-focused virtual events that offer delegates live broadcasted workshops, a conference from industry leaders, a fully interactive virtual exhibition hall and networking lounge.

There will be six different virtual events in 2021 and these will be: Moving & Handling, Housing & Adaptations, Therapy Integration, Kids Can & SEN, Ability & Advice and Community & Care.

Virtual visitors can get practical advice and will be able to learn about some of the leading and latest innovations in disability equipment provision.

Visit the event page website here.

May

N/A

June

NAEP Annual Conference

Dates of event: 8-9 June 2021

Location: Chesford Grange Conference Centre & Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

The NAEP National Annual Conference is organised by the National Association of Equipment Providers. The two-day event is for the benefit of people who work within the community by providing equipment and advice on the most up-to-date practices, particularly for those who supply equipment that can help older people and those with mobility difficulties or a disability.

Past conferences have discussed topics which have changed the sector, including technology and other pressing matters. The 2021 event will again be welcoming guest speakers and will be hosting workshop sessions over the course of the event.

Visit the event page website here.

July

N/A

August

The Big Event

Dates of event: TBC (the event is set to be virtual, but more details will be released soon)

Location: Online

The Big Event, which is the Motability Scheme's flagship show and is the UK’s largest display of cars, scooters and powered wheelchairs for disabled people, could be returning in 2021, but in a virtual format after having to cancel their event last year as a result of the coronavirus restrictions. More details will be confirmed at a later date.

The event, which is free-to-attend for visitors, allows those with mobility problems to find out everything they need to know about worry-free motoring with Motability.

There are usually over 100 cars from manufacturers such as Ford, Toyota, Audi and Vauxhall. Each manufacturer has advisors on hand to demonstrate the vehicles, helping you find the one that best suits your needs.

Visitors are normally able to test drive the adapted and non-adapted cars with a professional instructor to find out which vehicles are best suited to their individual needs. Test drives are also normally able to be booked on the day, but this is dependent upon the coronavirus restrictions and whether they are still in place.

Visit the event page website here.

September

Disability Awareness Day

Dates of event: 5 September 2021 (10am-5pm)

Location: Walton Hall and Gardens, Warrington

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the date for the 30th annual Disability Awareness Day (DAD) was moved from July to 5 September. DAD is recognised as the world’s largest pan voluntary-led disability independent living exhibition and family fun day covering physical, sensory and learning disabilities and mental health, for all ages.

The show has three main aims:

•To highlight the statutory, private or voluntary services available to enable disabled people to stay independent.

•To promote new equipment and aids that can improve independence.

•To highlight what disabled people can do in the field of sport, arts and entertainment.

Visitors to the event can expect to see around 260 exhibitors covering sectors such as equipment suppliers, transport, holidays, leisure, employment, support groups and services. There will also be a sports zone including scuba diving, an arts marquee and a family arena.

Visit the event page website here.

October

International Day of Older Persons

Date of event: 1 October

Location: Worldwide

This worldwide event takes place on the 1st October every year and looks to celebrate older people in the country and their contribution to society.

This year will mark the 31st anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons and this event often sees numerous activities take place up and down the UK to encourage older people to get active and for younger people to spend more time with the older generations.

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the theme of the 2020 event aimed to:

  • Inform participants about the strategic objectives for the Decade of Healthy Ageing.
  • Raise awareness of the special health needs of older persons and of their contributions to their own health and to the functioning of the societies in which they live.
  • Increase awareness and appreciation of the role of the health care workforce in maintaining and improving the health of older persons.
  • Present proposals for reducing the health disparities between older persons in the developed and developing countries.
  • Increase understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on older persons and its impact on health care policy, planning, and attitudes.

For more details of events happening closer to the day, check out or like their Facebook page.

Visit the event page website here.

Care Show

Date of event: 13-14 October 2021

Location: NEC, Birmingham

Regarded as the UK’s largest completely care-focused event, the Care Show is a great place for healthcare professionals to find out more about caring for older people.

The show will offer expert-led CPD accredited conference sessions, hands-on training and a host of networking opportunities for those responsible for providing care to others.

Visitors can trial thousands of the latest products and services from more than 250 suppliers showcasing anything and everything from furniture and interior products to business services.

Visit the event page website here.

Abilities Expo

Dates of event: 29-31 October 2021

Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, USA

The Abilities Expo is one of the biggest events in the world and for nearly 40 years it has been a go-to source for people with mobility problems and other disabilities all over the world.

The next Abilities Expo will be bringing together new products and tech for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, and healthcare professionals all under one roof.

Last year the event was meant to take place in February, but as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed until October.

The event is highly recommended with one attendee saying, “I love this expo. Have gone the past five years. There’s always something new, exciting, innovative and informative there.”

Visit the event page website here.

November

The Occupational Therapy Show

Dates of event: 24-25 November 2021

Location: NEC, Birmingham

The Occupational Therapy Show is the UK's largest dedicated CPD education and trade event for Occupational Therapists (OTs) and managers working within the equipment services teams alongside them.

The show welcomes thousands of OTs from all over the country, and from a wide range of specialist areas, to educate, inspire, and raise the profile for such an important allied healthcare profession and looks forward to welcoming more equipment service teams this year.

There is a total of 80+ hours of professional development to be obtained over the two days. CPD certificates will be sent out post-event, stating the sessions attended and the total number of hours attended.

The exhibition features leading suppliers displaying practical new equipment, innovative products and services.

Planning for the 2021 event is only just beginning but there are a lot of exciting ideas to make it an amazing event.

Visit the event page website here.

December

Bounce Arts Festival

Dates of event: TBC (Previously held on 4-6 December 2020)

Location: Various locations across Belfast

Bounce is the annual arts festival produced by the University of Atypical that showcases outstanding new work by deaf and disabled artists, writers, producers, actors, dancers, musicians, and directors.

The events at the festival are made accessible for disabled and deaf audiences, but it is aimed at everyone. The festival is perfect for those with an open mind and an appreciation of diverse and unique creative talent.

The festival also runs the Atypical Gallery and this will host a series of talks, screenings, readings and events around disability art, contemporary practice, socially engaged and participatory art, and disability-led art and curation.

Visit the event page website here.

Events postponed until 2022/23

PMG Conference

Dates of event: 11-13 July 2022

Location: The International Centre, Telford

Posture & Mobility Group’s annual conference is taking place at The International Centre in Telford in 2022 after it was announced that it has postponed the 2021 event.

This industry exhibition and networking event also offers an educational programme for a multi-disciplinary group of professionals working in the field of posture and wheeled mobility, including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, rehabilitation engineers and clinical scientists.

The PMG Conference focuses on the postural and mobility needs of wheelchair users and delegates can learn about manual and powered wheelchairs, special seating, postural management, pressure care and assistive technology.

The 2022 event will include lots of sessions that are of interest to people working with older people. Previous events have included sessions about pressure mapping for cushions, dystonia, and sustainability within the field of powered mobility.

You can join the PMG mailing list for up-to-date information about the event.

Visit the event page website here.

Southbank Centre's Unlimited Festival

Dates of event: January 2023

Location: TBC

Southbank Centre's Unlimited Festival is biennial and will, therefore, return in 2023.

Their last event in 2020 was delivered digitally, allowing audiences worldwide to experience the work of outstanding disabled artists despite being in the midst of a global pandemic.

The five-day event featured dance, performance, comedy, film, talks, workshops, and art that celebrated the artistic vision of disabled artists.

In total there were 33 online events, 32 of which were free, and there are 16 still available on-demand.

Visit the event page website here.

One Big Day Northern Ireland

Dates of event: TBC (2020 & 2021 events were scheduled for June but were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic)

Location: TBC

In 2020 and 2021 the Motability Scheme’s One Big Day event in Northern Ireland was due to be held at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, which is used as a venue for a wide range of events, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, it had to be cancelled.

Whilst it hasn’t been confirmed yet whether next year’s event will be virtual or a physical event, people can expect to see everything from powered wheelchairs and scooters to cars and other wheelchair accessible vehicles.

If there is a physical event you will also be able to experience on-the-road test drives in a range of cars including a selection of automatic vehicles fitted with popular driving adaptations.

Visit the event page website here.

One Big Day Exeter

Dates of event: TBC (2020 & 2021 events were scheduled for July but were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic)

Location: TBC

Those with mobility problems in the South West of England can attend the annual One Big Day event. It has not been confirmed whether next year’s event will be virtual or held in Exeter like it has for the past few years. Whether it is virtual or a physical event, attendees will be able to discover everything you need to know about worry-free motoring with the Motability Scheme.

The free-to-attend event will again be displaying wheelchair accessible vehicles and other mobility products such as powered wheelchairs that visitors can learn about.

In previous years, visitors have been able to look at more than 85 cars and wheelchair accessible vehicles as well as get advice from a number of experts in the field.

Visit the event page website here.

One Big Day Harrogate

Dates of event: TBC (2020 & 2021 events were scheduled for August but were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic)

Location: Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate

Previously held at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, the One Big Day event is set to return in some form in 2022. This event provides you with the perfect opportunity to discover everything you need to know about worry-free motoring with Motability.

It is a great opportunity for the public to see all the latest wheelchair accessible vehicles, scooters and adapted cars as the last event had over 80 cars and more than 35 scooters on display to the public.

Visit the event page website here.

One Big Day Peterborough

Dates of event: TBC (2020 & 2021 events were scheduled for September but were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic)

Location: East of England Arena, Peterborough

In previous years, the One Big Day event has been held at the East of England Arena in Cambridgeshire, but it has not been confirmed where the 2022 event will take place. This event offers locals in the area the chance to find out more about motoring with Motability.

There will be a range of cars, wheelchair accessible vehicles, scooters and powered wheelchairs exhibited at this regional event either online or at the physical event. There is also expert information available about the adaptions people can make to their cars.

The event is also free to attend!

Visit the event page website here.

Book a scooter or wheelchair for an event

Event Mobility is a charity which provides electric scooters and manual wheelchairs at events all over the UK and Europe to help people with disabilities and temporary mobility problems to enjoy a day out with their families.

The charity is set to be present at events throughout 2021/22 and Event Mobility are listing the events they are set to be at.

You can see Event Mobility’s programme for 2021/22 here.

If you suffer from any kind of mobility issue that means you need aids such as a stairlift or wheelchair, it is worth marking the dates for these digital and physical events in your diary for 2021/22.

Image Credit: Jonathan Clover, Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions, Naidex, Disability Awareness Day, PMG Conference, The Big Event.

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