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Britain's Got Talent strong man Big Dave to open new Disability Centre

Birmingham strong man Big Dave Gauder is to open the city's new Information, Health and Wellbeing Centre for disabled people in Mackadown Lane, Kitts Green on Thursday morning (10th May 2012) at 10.30am.

Fresh from breaking a Guinness World Record on Britain's Got Talent, Big Dave will take on the less strenuous, though equally important task of cutting the ribbon to open the new centre which has been set up by the city's Disability Resource Centre.

Big Dave became an instant hit with Simon Cowell and the other BGT judges, screened on last Saturday's Britain's Got More Talent show, when he successfully harnessed his arms to two Harley Davidson motorcyles in front of the International Convention Centre and prevented them from accelerating away. Simon Cowell observed "now that's what I call an act".

The DRC's new Information, Health and Wellbeing Centre will officially open its doors to the public this Thursday to coincide with the 20th anniversary year since the first Disability Resource Centre opened at Bierton Road, Yardley in 1992. Following the closure of the Bierton Road site last year by Birmingham City Council, staff and volunteers have been busy opening not just a new head office at Five Ways but now this new community base for a range of information, advocacy, training and wellbeing activities.


With over 20 stands from local services and community organisations, there will be plenty to do and see at Thursday's event. The open day will also feature sampler activities such as yoga, ICT and British Sign Language and there will be a chance for people to register for information about future activities. DRC are also inviting community, statutory and business organisations to come along and find out about services such as conference room rental, access auditing and disability equality training.

DRC Chief Executive, Louise McKiernan, said:

"It is very fitting that Big Dave is coming to open the new centre, given all the new activities which will be on offer around health and personal development. Dave is also a well-known advocate of the anti-bullying message which fits well with DRC's recently gained status as a disability hate crime reporting centre, having received training for staff and volunteers from West Midlands Police. Dave is an inspirational role model with a strong message for anyone experiencing things like bullying, harrassment or general low self esteem caused by discrimination and exclusion. At the Disability Resource Centre we identify with Big Dave's message and just like Dave we never like to say "can't".

If you would like to attend the DRC launch event this Thursday and have a chance of saying "hi" to Big Dave Gauder, please come along to:

Unit 18, Ace Business Park, Mackadown Lane, Kitts Green, Birmingham B33 OLD.

Disability Resource Centre 2012 -  The Disability Resource Centre is a Registered Charity (No 1034581) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (No 2897250)