Disabled models took to the catwalk in October, at DNEX2010, the Disability North Exhibition. The free fashion show was organised by the Percy Hedley Foundation's Employability Project and Able2, and it was a fantastic experience for all. The models, aged between 19 and 65, showcased clothes from George at ASDA with accessories from SeenIn, a specialist clothing supplier for disabled people.
Twenty service users were asked to get involved with the whole fashion show process. Throughout September and October, models were each given a £50 budget to work with and were asked to select and model appropriate clothing for work and leisure. ASDA staff helped over the weeks, offering guidance and advice and of course, pointing out the fantastic special offers available in store.
Daniel Falcus, who spent just £39.00 on his complete outfit, said of his experience: "I really enjoyed taking part and helping with the preparation of the fashion show. I thought everyone looked great!"
Able2 Adult Services is based in Forest Hall and provides high quality, specialist services for disabled adults through a positive, enabling approach. The fashion show is only one of the creative ways the Percy Hedley Foundation works to provide innovative, meaningful services.
Juliet being styled
The Employability Project coordinated support from other companies to make this event a valuable partnership experience. SeenIn accessorised the outfits with disability solutions, proving that being practical can also be stylish and colourful. John Gerard (Newcastle) provided three hairdressers, John Lewis's Bobbi Brown and Whickham Villas provided makeup artists and Chris Best Photography attended to ensure the experience was caught on camera.
Ruth Woodfine, Project Manager commented: "This is our 3rd fashion show at DNEX and it just gets better every year. We are so delighted to have worked with ASDA and our other partners, who pulled together to make sure this event was a success on every level. We're looking forward to next years' event already!"
The DNEX Exhibition is the North's largest independent living event. Organised by Disability North and sponsored by NAEP (National Association Equipment Providers), the annual event provides information, equipment and advice for both disabled and older people.
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If you'd like more information on the Employability Project and how you too can get involved, please contact Ruth Woodfine on: 0191 281 7532, or if you prefer email: firstname.lastname@example.org.