Ability not Disability – National emergency services conference

This year, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a national emergency services conference.

“Ability not Disability” will take place at our Service HQ in Washington from 10am on Tuesday 3 December. It will be hosted by our Disability Network Group, which supports TWFRS employees with disabilities, long-term health conditions and caring responsibilities.

The event will feature speakers from various emergency services and charities, covering a range of topics including:

  • disability hate crime
  • ADHD and neurodiversity
  • dyslexia and dyspraxia at work
  • supporting colleagues with mental health issues
  • establishing a disability network group

There will also be a video message from Lee Ridley (better known as Lost Voice Guy from Britain’s Got Talent) and a special performance from the Northern Counties and Blue Light signing and singing choirs.

The conference is open to all emergency services workers. Spaces are limited, so please register your interest as soon as possible. We will contact you to confirm your place and the finalised agenda.

If you have any questions about the event or to request the registration form in another format, please email DNG@twfire.gov.uk or call 0191 444 1617.

Register your interest

For example, disabled parking space or wheelchair access.
For example, vegetarian, vegan or allergies.
If you are travelling with colleagues, you will all need to register individually but only one of you will need to request a parking space.
We will use the information provided to contact you about this event. We may also contact you again about future events and related information.