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Mobility Events Calendar

18th December 2018

From new and modern stairlifts to the newest walk-in baths and the latest 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 and 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 2019.

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.


Disabled & Successful - Yes You Can!

Dates of event: 3 January & 28 January 2019 (11 am – 1 pm)

Location: Trafalgar Square, London (3 January), Reading Town Hall, Reading (28 January)

This seminar is aimed at inspiring and motivating attendees and you will leave motivated, inspired and will know that you can make a difference despite your disability.

Oliver Paull, the director of Turnkey Training Limited, who will be running the event, said, “The event is a seminar where I tell my story of being disabled and how I had to adapt to be successful in what I wanted to do. The main purpose of the event is to motivate attendees and inspire them. ‘Every person with a disability is an individual!’”

The seminar is hosted every month in two locations (London & Reading) and as part of the event, you can enjoy a buffet lunch and hot and cold drinks.

Visit the event page website for Reading here and London here.


Do Your Own Thing with Heart n Soul

Dates of event: 20 February

Location: Southbank Centre

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 event.

In a free, day-long takeover, Do Your Own Thing with Heart n Soul, young participant Reuben curates a day of DJs, live music and radio for everyone to enjoy.

Visitors can enjoy free creative sessions offering training in music, dance, radio DJing and digital arts.

Abilities Expo

Dates of event: 22-24 February

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 products and services for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, and healthcare professionals all under one roof.

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.


Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions

Dates of events: 21 March 2019 (Kidz to Adultz Middle), 16 May 2019 (Kidz to Adultz South), 4 July 2019 (Kidz to Adultz Wales & West), 14 November (Kidz to Adultz North), Kidz to Adultz Scotland date is to be announced.

Location: Ericsson Exhibition Hall in Coventry (Kidz to Adultz Middle), Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre (Kidz to Adultz South), Thornbury Leisure Centre in Bristol (Kidz to Adultz Wales & West), EventCity in Manchester (Kidz to Adultz North), Kidz to Adultz Scotland (TBC).

The Kidz to Adultz events are free to attend and they support children and young adults with disabilities.

At this year’s events there will be more than 120 exhibitors sharing information and offering advice on the following:

  • Funding
  • Mobility
  • Seating
  • Beds
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Legal matters
  • Sport activities
  • Holidays
  • Access
  • Accessible vehicles

There are also free CPD seminars for professionals, parents and carers to attend as some of the topics that will be covered in these sessions include moving and handling, toileting issues, sleep issues, seating, employment and lots more.

Visit the event page website here.


Dates of event: 26-27 March 2019

Location: NEC Birmingham

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

The esteemed event will be returning for a landmark 45th year and there is expected to be 350 exhibitors, 250 seminars, live demonstrations, advice sessions, CPD accredited seminars and ample networking opportunities for attendees.

There is no limit to the reach of this event free-to-attend event with more than 15,000 like-minded individuals annually turning out for this show.

Visit the event page website here.






The Big Event

Dates of event: 28-29 June 2019

Location: NEC, Birmingham

Following a successful turn out at the NEC, 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, will be returning to the venue.

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

Visitors can 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 can be booked on the day – visitors simply need to bring along their full driving licence and choose a car to test drive.

Alison Beasley, One Big Day Event Manager at Motability Operations Ltd, says, “The One Big Day events have continued to be extremely popular and attracted over 20,000 visitors in 2018, and we’re excited to welcome even more people to the events next year. The Big Event at its new venue, the NEC, proved to be very popular with over 8,000 disabled people and their families coming along to find out about worry-free motoring with the Motability Scheme. It was a weekend of many firsts as we introduced passenger WAV test drive experiences and a series of hourly expert speaker sessions, live-streamed on the Motability Scheme Facebook Page for those unable to visit.”

“Next year there will be even more opportunities to gather information and advice, see a wide range of vehicles, and take a test drive, all in one accessible place.”

Visit the event page website here.

NAEP Annual Conference

Dates of event: To be announced (2018 event took place on 12–13 June

Location: TBC

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 2019 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.


Disability Awareness Day

Dates of event: 14 July 2019 (10am-5pm)

Location: Walton Hall and Gardens, Warrington

The 28th annual Disability Awareness Day 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 250 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.

PMG Conference

Dates of event: 15-17 July 2019

Location: Telford

Posture & Mobility Group’s annual conference is taking place at The International Centre in Telford.

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 2019 event will include lots of sessions that are of interest to people working with older people, including pressure cushions, transportation and a presentation about ‘parents of adults with degenerative conditions: how their role changes over time’.

Bookings for the event open on Tuesday 5th March 2019!

Visit the event page website here.

One Big Day Exeter

Dates of event: 27 July (9 am-4 pm)

Location: Westpoint, Exeter

Those with mobility problems in the South West of England can attend the annual One Big Day event in Exeter. 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.

Visitors can also meet scheme partners including Kwik Fit and the RAC as well as get advice from a number of experts in the field.

Visit the event page website here.


Moving and Handling People 2019

Dates of event: 7-8 August 2019

Location: Windsor

Run by the Disabled Living Foundation, Moving & Handling People is a CPD-accredited event focussing on positive solutions for practitioners and clients.

Returning for its 25th year, the Moving and Handling People conference will be held at the De Vere Beaumont Estate in Windsor.

The conference will include plenaries, seminars and workshops to give a range of learning options which all delegates will have an opportunity to attend. The conference also boasts new opportunities for those interested in paediatrics to attend a workshop more relevant to their field, with half the workshops having a separate adult’s and children’s strand to enable further specialisation. Optional sessions are also available on Tuesday 6th.

Earlybird rates are available now and groups of three or more receive discounts. One or two-day ticket options are also available.

Visit the event page website here.

One Big Day Harrogate

Dates of event: 10 August (9 am-4 pm)

Location: Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate

Once again the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate will be hosting the One Big Day event and it will provide 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 come and see all the latest wheelchair accessible vehicles, scooters and adapted cars as last year’s event had over 50 cars from 13 different manufacturers, over 30 scooters and over 15 wheelchair accessible vehicles on display.

Visit the event page website here.


Bounce Arts Festival

Dates of event: 5–8 September 2019

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.

Visit the event page website here.

One Big Day Peterborough

Dates of event: 7 September 2019

Location: East of England Arena, Peterborough

The One Big Day event at East of England Arena in Cambridgeshire will be offering 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 as well as expert information on the adaptions people can make to their cars.

The event is also free to attend!

Visit the event page website here.

One Big Day Edinburgh

Dates of event: 21 September

Location: Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

This year Scotland will be playing host to the Motability Scheme’s One Big Day event at the Royal Highland Centre, which is used as a venue for a wide range of events, will be the setting for this year’s show.

From powered wheelchairs and scooters to cars and other wheelchair accessible vehicles, there will be lots for visitors to see at the event.

You will also be able to experience on-the-road test drives in a range of cars including a selection of automatic cars fitted with popular driving adaptations.

Visit the event page website here.


Older People’s Day

Date of event: 1st October

Location: Worldwide

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

Coinciding with the UN International Day of Older Persons, this event sees numerous activities take place up and down the country to encourage older people to get active and for younger people to spend more time with the older generations.

For more details of events happening closer to the day, check out their website, follow them on Twitter, or like their Facebook page.

Visit the event page website here.

Care Show

Date of event: 9-10 October 2019

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.


The Occupational Therapy Show

Dates of event: 27-28 November 2019

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 2019 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.



Other events to look out for in 2020

Southbank Centre's Unlimited Festival

Dates of event: September 2020

Location: Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre's Unlimited festival is biennial and will, therefore, return in 2020.

The 2018 event was a huge success as it highlighted the incredible work of disabled artists and featured the British Paraorchestra, writer and comedian Jackie Hagan, sitar master Baluji Shrivastav OBE and many more.

Next year’s event will once again shine a light on the best dance, performance, comedy, music and art from people with a disability.

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 around 100 events throughout 2019 and Event Mobility are listing the events they are set to be at.

You can see Event Mobility’s programme for 2018/19 here.

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

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