From L/R: Michelle Hipkins & Christine Hall (service users), Dian Croves (Voyage Care), Alistair McDonald (Chase Park Festival) and Janet Davis (Voyage Care)
The U.K.’s “most inclusive festival” has confirmed that specialist care provider Voyage Care has come on board as headline sponsor for this year's show.
Chase Park Festival, widely regarded as one of the nation's most accessible outdoor live music event for people with a disability, is delighted that a like-minded company of this size will help secure the festival's future.
Taking place on Saturday 26th August, at the new location of Saltwell Park, Gateshead, festival organiser Alistair McDonald has said the sponsorship will help make it a five-star experience for disabled music fans and musicians.
He said: “Chase Park Festival relies on like-minded partners to sponsor the event to help with the additional costs which come with making the festival one of the most accessible and inclusive events in the UK.
“The partnership means that we were able to bring on board performance BSL translators, invest in new trackways around the park to enable wheel chair users to get around and ensure we have a "changing places" standard toilet on site.
“Having organisations like Voyage Care being on board enables us to give disabled festival goers the opportunity to enjoy a great day out.
“I think that a major national player like Voyage really shows that Chase Park is starting to become a major event. Without their support, we simply would not be as accessible as we want to be.”
Voyage Care, based in Lichfield, Staffordshire, is nationally renowned as being a leading specialist in providing people with disabilities the opportunity to live active and fulfilling lives.
It provides support for thousands of people with learning and physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries, autism and other needs across the UK and offers person-centred care and support.
According to Alistair, the company was the first organisation the Chase Park team approached for sponsorship and both parties believe this special relationship will be a positive and far reaching one for the future.
Voyage Care Chief Operating Officer, Jayne Davey, said: “We have chosen to sponsor the festival because it looks like a fantastic event and the spirit of it fits perfectly with our values.
“We believe everyone has the right to live the life they choose and get involved in the things they enjoy doing. We use music very successfully as part of our therapies as a way of expressing emotions, talking about feelings and exploring experiences.
“Chase Park Festival is all about bringing people together. It's is going to be an amazing day of live music and everyone should go along and enjoy themselves.”