UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is fast approaching and will be celebrated on Monday 3rd December.
This year I am supporting the Purple Space ‘Purple Light Up’ campaign (www.purplespace.org/purple-light-up) which seeks to encourage organisations to illuminate their buildings purple or hold a purple themed event in recognition of IDPD.
Locally in Derby, the City Council will be focusing on the ‘purple pound’ and the refurbishment of the Market Hall.
On 4th December Mik Scarlet, a nationally renowned inclusion and equality trainer, who also happens to be an award-winning British television presenter, actor, journalist and musician is visiting Derby. He will deliver training disability equality and inclusion to all the architects and designers involved in the Market Hall project so that disabled shoppers and disabled stall holders can shop/work there in the future without any barriers.
On the evening of 3 December, the Council House will be lit up in purple and we are hoping that local businesses across the city will join in too.
Meanwhile Derby County Football Club has a number of exciting plans to promote IDPD at its home fixture on 1st December v Swansea.
On the day itself I will be at West Park Community School in Derby and will be involved in a series of activities as the pupils and staff ‘go purple’ for the day.
My ultimate aim is to turn the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) purple, but this remains a work in progress!
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