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Birmingham City Council

Opportunity Fair 2011

Opportunity Fair – a first for Birmingham

Over 700 people with learning disabilities and their carers attended the first ever Opportunities Fair in Birmingham on the 21 March 2011 at the Sapphire Suite in Digbeth.

The Fair was organised by the Birmingham City Council Learning Disability Service, part of the Adults and Communities Directorate to bring together services and information in one place. Over 60 organisations attended from across the public and voluntary sector with entertainment provided throughout the day, including a drama group and a car wheel changing competition.

Katherine Hyslop, 20, from Edgbaston Birmingham and an active member of the Teen ‘n’ Twenty Club, attended the event and took part in several activities during the day ranging from football through to drama. Her father, John Hyslop, praised the amount of information and activities that were available in one place:

“You normally have to hunt high and low for this type of information. I just didn’t realise there were so many different clubs in Birmingham that Katherine could attend. We also found out that there are a couple of benefits that Katherine is missing out on – all in all I’m really glad we attended”.

Councillor Anderson, Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities, attended and praised the wide variety of advice and information that were on offer:

“To see all the groups and organisations under one roof for was wonderful with visitors benefiting enormously from the experience. We hope that this event is the first of many to take place in years to come.”