A look back at Disability Somerset 2011

The first Disability Somerset exhibition on Thursday, May 19th 2011 proved to be a resounding success.

Around 1,000 disabled people, their carers and family members attended the event, which was organised by Somerset charity Compass Disability Services.

More than 100 exhibitors showcased a superb range of equipment, information and services – from all terrain wheelchairs, police car-styled mobility scooters to everyday pieces of equipment in accessible formats.

The event was also attended by BBC Somerset. Presenter Emma Britton officially opened the exhibition live on air before hosting the morning show from the BBC Bus and floor of the exhibition, including interviews with exhibitors and visitors.

Compass Disability Services’ CEO Richard Pitman described the exhibition as a huge success and aims to make it an annual event.

He said: “We were delighted with the way the first Disability Somerset exhibition went. The event was extremely well supported by exhibitors and visitors and I’d like to thank everyone who supported it.

“Somerset has always lacked an event like this – as feedback to our organisation has also shown – and we hope Disability Somerset's success will establish it as an annual event.”

As well as exhibitor stands, those who attended were also able to visit the ‘Compass Disability Services zone’ to view the number of projects and services run by us.

Disability Somerset was sponsored by the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, which provides education, therapy, care and respite for children and young people with profound physical disabilities.

View the list of Disability Somerset 2011 exhibitors.

View the full Disability Somerset 2011 photo gallery on Flickr.