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The European Year of Disabled People (EYDP)

European Year of Disabled People 2003

The European Union designated 2003 as the European Year of Disabled People, to celebrate the achievements of disabled people throughout Europe, and to highlight need for further progress and change. MDF arranged for one of the largest programmes of EYDP events in the UK.

Logo for European Year of Disabled People We put together a partnership which sucessfully applied for funds from the Department for Work and Pensions allocated for EYDP. Within that flexible bid we then worked with our partners to determine the exact nature of the events that local groups and disabled people wanted to see, but also to attract other money and resources to increase what we could do in the EYDP.

The main areas of activity where we aimed to break down barriers for disabled people within EYDP were:

  • The Built Environment
  • Independent Living
  • Education and Training
  • Sports and Leisure
  • Young People


Partners in EYDP

MDF's key partners for the EYDP in this project were:

  • Breakthrough (UK) Ltd
  • Government Office for the North West
  • Greater Merseyside Connexions
  • Greenbank Project
  • Inclusive Access (UK) Ltd
  • Liverpool Association of Disabled People
  • Merseyside Employers' Network on Disability
  • Mersey Neurological Trust
  • Merseyside Expanding Horizons
  • Merseyside Society for Deaf People
  • Merseyside Sports
  • Merseytravel, North West Regional Assembly 
  • Options for Supported Living
  • St Helens Coalition of Disabled People
  • Wirral Information Resource for Equality and Disability
  • Wirral Metropolitan College.

Additional funding was provided by:

  • ESF-Objective One on Merseyside
  • The Liverpool Learning Disabilities Partership Board
  • The Mersey Partnership
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Greater Merseyside Connexions
  • Awards for All
  • Liverpool Echo Sunshine Fund
  • The Rushworth Trust