Stockport Support Go To First Ever Access Festival!

Posted on the 14th June 2019

Last week Stockport Support clients along with parents, carers and staff all went to Stockport Guild Hall for the first ever Access Festival! It was the ultimate music festival experience, but in a safe and fun environment. The theme was the beach which provided a lovely and sunny atmosphere despite the weather outside. Many dressed up in the go-to beach attire including sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts and tropical flower necklaces.

Music, Food & Glitter!

Emily Smith Pure’s Community Co-ordinator did a brilliant job with putting everything together. The live music was great which included a fantastic Abba tribute band. In addition to this there was a funky town disco band who loved getting involved in all the fun. There was also DJ Tom who volunteered his time for free – so if you are looking for a great DJ why not contact him at The festival goers were definitely not short of songs to dance to thanks to all of these wonderful music acts!

A special highlight of the night was when Abba finished their set singing This Is Me from The Greatest Showman. Three clients stood at the front and performed the words of the song in sign language as Abba performed it. Simply amazing!

Pure Innovations Stockport Support clients use sign language with Abba Tribute band

Access Festival also had a silent disco with groovy headphones that could change channel to suit personal music taste. People chose from a selection of songs and enjoyed singing and dancing along to them. This was perfect for anyone who enjoyed a more relaxed atmosphere, or wanted to take a short break, but still have good fun and a nice sing-a-long!

Face painting was also available providing the official festival look. After all who doesn’t love a bit of glitter?

There was a brilliant feast provided by our cafés Vernon Park Café, Etherow Park Café and The Kitchen. These included pizzas, pasties, sandwiches, crisps, salad and more. Everybody loved it!

A few photos from the night…

The evening went better than I imagined, it brought clients, parents/carers, staff, friends together all in one space to enjoy live music, chit chats, fun, dancing and much more.
Parents/carers got the chance to get to know new people, chat with other parent/carers and see those they care about have fun.
I really haven't seen so many smiling faces in one room before, the atmosphere was just perfect!
To have 220 people all at one venue for one reason was something I have always wanted for our clients.

Emily Smith - Event Organiser


Everyone seemed to have throughly enjoyed the night, but don’t just take our word for it! Here’s just some of the feedback we received:

  • I just wanted to say thanks (Emily) for organising such a fantastic evening on Saturday, everyone appeared to really enjoy it. I have heard lots of positive feedback from staff and clients coming in today.
  • Feedback from a client’s Mum – It was brilliant the food was great and I would bet money that people would pay for tickets to go to something like that. It was really well organised. I thoroughly enjoyed it and so did my son. I’m ready for the next one.
  • DJ Tom – Thanks for having me happily come back again, loved it!
  • This was one of the most fantastic parties we have been to, really enjoyed it.
  • Excellent, great venue, lovely food, entertainment was fab!

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who gave their time to help make Pure’s first ever Access Festival extra special. A big thank you and well done to Emily Smith for turning her idea into a reality; it really will be a night to remember for everyone who came!

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