Festival of Abilities 2017 to be held in Bicentennial Park

READY TO GO: Festival of Abilities will be in Bicentennial Park this year. Back from left: Claire Whyte, Kellie Stewart, Donna Bloomfield. Front from left: Toni Petty, Bec Browning and Terri Whitton. Photo: Gareth Gardner 100817GGB01

READY TO GO: Festival of Abilities will be in Bicentennial Park this year. Back from left: Claire Whyte, Kellie Stewart, Donna Bloomfield. Front from left: Toni Petty, Bec Browning and Terri Whitton. Photo: Gareth Gardner 100817GGB01

MORE businesses are asking how they are able to make the region more inclusive, as Tamworth gears up for the Festival of Abilities.

The festival is now in its third year and it’s continuing to grow, according to organisers at Pathfinders Ability Links.

This year’s festival will be held in Bicentennial Park on August 26, with a range of sports, activities and businesses on show.

Local linker Bec Browning said the festival has gone from strength-to-strength since its inception, with more local businesses asking how they could be more accessible.

“Many things have improved,” Ms Browning said.

“More businesses are opening their doors with volunteering roles and with seen a few paid positions.”

More than 35 local businesses and organisations will have a stall at the jam-packed festival.

There’ll be a sporting flavour to the day too, with a chance to try blind cricket.

The aim of the festival is to showcase the wide variety of opportunities that are available in Tamworth and surrounding areas for all ages and abilities, allowing people to build social connections around common interests.

Brett Pischke, Pathfinders Ability Links New England North West (NENW) Program Coordinator, said the festival is a great way to showcase the businesses and services available for people.

“The Festival of Abilities has grown so much and continues to be better from year to year,” Mr Pischke said.

“The new location for the festival this year will make it more accessible for all people to attend.”

As well as sports, there will be live music and performing arts, dancers, taekwondo demonstrations, special interest group demonstrations and lots of arts and crafts.

The Festival of Abilities will be held at Tamworth Bicentennial Park, Saturday, August 26 from 10am to 2pm.

Attendance is open to everyone, and entry is free.

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