Remember One Wirral Festival that we held at Birkenhead Park in August? Well we’re trying to do it again this summer!
Last year, we secured a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to put together the fun event that was a huge success and the first of its kind – seeing more than 2000 people, including families and the Mayor of Wirral, come down to celebrate diversity and equality in our community and deliver the message of inclusivity in Wirral.
But this time we have to find our own funding, and we’re hoping you can help!
Together with Wirral Mencap, we’ve set up a crowdfunding page and we’re calling on as much support as possible – even the price of a cuppa will go a long way in helping us to reach the target to make One Wirral 2018 a success.
The festival aims to celebrate our diverse community, while highlighting the achievements and positive contributions made to society by local people with learning disabilities.
One Wirral 2017 played a big part in providing opportunities for people we support – such as Jim whose confidence grew by speaking to large audiences and Andrew who overcame his shyness by sharing his ideas during planning meetings.
Jim, who we support, said: “I would like to bring it back this year because I was litter picking last year, helping with fundraising events, going around doing tombolas, going around greeting people, shaking hands with people, looking at all the stalls, looking at all the events, going in the tent and looking to see others doing dancing competitions and so on. But I would like to bring it back this year because I enjoy it.”
Wirral’s mayor, Councillor Ann McLachlan attended the event last August, she said: “Having events like this is important because it’s awareness raising, it’s celebrating the fact that we’re all different, that we all have different characteristics to contribute to our communities and different attributes to offer.”
After last year’s event, we had people across Merseyside and different organisations asking if we could do it again. We would love to bring back One Wirral bigger and better, but we need your help to do this.
Thank you to everyone who has pledged to support the One Wirral 2018 fund so far – we are now on an amazing £3,916!
But there’s still a bit to go and less than 25 days to reach our target of £10,500. So please consider making a pledge by visiting www.spacehive.com/one-wirral-2018 and share this with your friends and family.