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Mobility Events Calendar

28th April 2017

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

From brand-new walk in baths and stairlifts to motor vehicles and other technology, there are lots of useful items that can help those with limited mobility continue to live active and independent lives, and many of these can be discovered at mobility events.

The mobility and disability sector is constantly changing and evolving, but it is possible to keep up to date with new innovations by attending the latest exhibitions and events that are taking place throughout 2017/18.

This guide gives 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.


The Big Event

The Big Event is the Motability Scheme's flagship show and takes place over two days at EventCity, Manchester.

Members of the public can see the largest ever display of Motability Scheme vehicles in the UK. Over 100 cars will be on display from 27 manufacturers, over 40 scooters, over 25 wheelchair accessible vehicles, and a number of specialist vehicle adaptation companies. It is a great opportunity to compare all these kinds of car options under one roof.

Test drives are available on the day for most vehicles – with the assistance of a driving instructor.

This year’s event is the 10th anniversary of the One Big Day events and to celebrate soap star Cherylee Houston, who is a Motability Scheme customer, will be opening the event.

Visit the event page website here.

Dates of event: 5th – 6th May


Mobility Roadshow

The free-to-attend Mobility Roadshow is the UK’s premier consumer-focused event for people with disabilities or mobility problems.

The show began back in 1983 and has since given millions of people in the UK the invaluable opportunity to assess what mobility products and services are available to help achieve greater independence.

Whether visitors are adults or children, there is a huge selection of mobility products and services to compare and contrast, all in one location.

The show is said to have the widest selection of accessible and adapted vehicles available to test drive, while all the latest innovations from across the mobility sector will be on display and available to try out.

Visit the event page website here.

Dates of event: 1st – 3rd June

NAEP National Annual Conference

The NAEP National Annual Conference is organised by the National Association of Equipment Providers and will be held at Chesford Grange Hotel and Conference Centre this year.

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.

This year the increasing role of technology will be heavily discussed and the NAEP Conference 2017 will provide delegates with a glimpse into the future and how this future can marry successfully into current equipment provision.

The event will be welcoming a number of guest speakers and will be hosting a number of workshop sessions over the course of the event.

Visit the event page website here.

Dates of event: 13th-14th June


One Big Day

This one-day event at Westpoint in Exeter is a great opportunity for the public to come and see all the latest mobility cars, scooters, wheelchairs, adapted cars and wheelchair accessible vehicles.

Visitors will be able to see over 50 cars from 13 different manufacturers, over 30 scooters, over 20 wheelchair accessible vehicles and meet with a number of vehicle adaptation companies. There is also the opportunity to test drive adapted and non-adapted cars and speak to Motability advisors.

Visit the event page website here.

Date of event: 15th July

Disability Awareness Day

Disability Awareness Day, or DAD as it is otherwise known, is a great event set in the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington near Manchester.

Organised by Warrington Disability Partnership and principally sponsored by Your Housing Group, Disability Awareness Day (DAD) is the world’s largest not-for-profit and voluntary-led exhibition. It caters towards a pan-disability audience and aims to spread awareness about disabilities in the UK.

The event showcases the wide range of support available locally, regionally and nationally that enables disabled people, carers and families to stay independent.

Visitors to the event will have access to invaluable information covering everything from equipment suppliers and transportation to leisure, employment, support groups, and health and social care - as well as having a fun day out for all the family.

Visit the event page website here.

Date of event: 16th July

PMG Conference 2017

The 2017 PMG Conference, which is being held at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, is run by the Posture and Mobility Group and is one of the leading events for professionals working within the field of posture for wheelchair users.

The majority of their delegates include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, rehabilitation engineers and clinical scientists working within the NHS wheelchair services. Other people who attend the conference include manufacturers and distributors of posture and mobility products, and professionals working in the charitable sector or independently.

As well as the parallel sessions, debates and lectures from industry professionals providing up-to-date thought, exhibitors use the event as an opportunity to showcase the latest assistive products that could be of use to wheelchair users.

Visit the event page website here.

Dates of event: 17th – 19th July


One Big Day

Held at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate provides 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 with over 50 cars from 13 different manufacturers, over 30 scooters and over 15 wheelchair accessible vehicles on display.

Visitors can 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.

Date of event: 12th August


Moving & Handling People North

The Moving and Handling People North event, which is being held in Newcastle, will be full of topical seminars and workshops promoting best practice and visitors will be able to discuss and view products and handling techniques.

Attendees will also be able to network with expert manual handling practitioners and stakeholders as well as get involved in practical problem solving workshops.

Some of the seminars and workshops that are taking place will be covering topics like the journey in improving care, moving and handling risk assessment, moving and handling challenges, the prevention of falls and single-handed care.

Visit the event page website here.

Dates of event: 27th – 28th September.


Hosted by Disability North, DNEX 2017 is the largest ‘independent living exhibition’ in the north.

This free exhibition has something for everyone including digital technology, aids and adaptations for independent living and accessible leisure facilities.

The exhibition shares information and advice for disabled people, older adults, carers and health and social care professionals on a range of disability-related issues.

The free seminars welcome a range of speakers, who discuss a variety of topics to help attendees find out more about independent living aids and adaptations for the home.

Visit the event page website here.

Dates of event: 27th – 28th September.


Older People’s Day

This nationwide event that 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 getting older people active and encouraging a greater number of 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.

Date of event: 1st October

Care Show

Designed especially for organisations responsible for the care of older people, the Care Show is a great place for healthcare professionals to find out more about caring for the elderly.

Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, the show will exhibit the inspiration, innovation and ideas that continue to move the running of care businesses forward to more efficient and empathetic results.

The event seeks to provide an opportunity for professionals to network, source and learn, so there are plenty of seminars, opportunities to talk to thought leaders, updates on care sector regulations and government initiatives, and special deals on care equipment.

Visit the event page website here.

Date of event: 10th – 11th October


Occupational Therapy Show

The Occupational Therapy Show is the UK’s largest free to attend education and trade event dedicated to occupational therapists.

Taking place at Birmingham NEC (halls 9 & 10), the event includes occupational therapy focused lectures, on-stand education and practical workshops covering subjects such as physical, mental health and learning difficulties.

Speakers include Dr Michael Iwama and Dr Jenny Preston MBE, alongside 300 trade exhibitors and suppliers.

Speaking about the show, Kathryn Dixon, who is a Consultant Occupational Therapist at Nable Services, says, “This is the main show for OT’s to come to in the year! There is such a wide range of exhibitors, so much information and the seminars are amazing.”

Visit the event page website here.

Dates of event: 22nd – 23rd November


Abilities Expo

Although this event is based in the UK, it is certainly worth a mention as it is one of the biggest mobility shows in the world.

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

This year’s event in Washington DC will introduce ability-enhancing products and services to visitors as well as introduce adaptive sports. There will be plenty of informative workshops to attend as well.

Visit the event page website here.

Dates of event: 1st – 3rd December

January 2018

Moving & Handling People South

Run by Disabled Living Foundation, the Moving and Handling People 2018 South is a conference combining topical seminars and workshops promoting best practice.

There is training seminars with practical interactive problem solving workshops available and although the discussions and seminars that run could benefit any carer, the conference is most suitable for professional healthcare providers.

This is one of the most established mobility events in the country and mobility aid suppliers, including Handicare, often debut and display new and existing products at this event.

The 2018 event is being held in London and seminars will cover topics such as spinal handling guidelines, hands on/hands off practical moving and handling guide for people with dementia and moving and handling clients with complex needs.

Visit the event page website here.

Dates of event: 31st January – 1st February 2018

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Naidex Show

The Naidex Show is the leading event for the disability and independent living sectors and since taking over the show in late 2016, the PRYSM Group has helped the event become a show the whole community can be proud of.

The show includes seminars, exhibitions, panel sessions and interactive demonstrations. At recent events demonstrations have included a mechanical horse at the Riding for the Disabled Association stand and a mobility test track where visitors could test the latest in mobility products.

Exhibitors are also eager to introduce their wares with 107 stands already booked for the 2018, which set to be bigger and better than ever before.

For the very first time, the 2018 event will be running alongside the Dementia Care and Nursing Home Expo and will include a brand new Home Design and Build summit, bringing together industry leaders and key decision makers in accessible architecture.

Paige Lewin, Event Director at Naidex, says, “Naidex stands apart in the sector as the most comprehensive and diverse event of its kind. I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome this year, it was above and beyond even my expectations.

“Naidex is unquestionably the most imperative disability, independent living and healthcare event, and next year is set to be even more exceptional!”

Visit the event page website here.

Dates of event: 25th – 26th April 2018

Image Credit: Naidex Show.