OSWESTRY Library played host to an event which raised awareness of disabilities and provided information of services available in the area.

The 'We can DO day' was organised by the group Disability Oswestry (DO) and the library, and it was a chance for people with all disabilities – plus their friends and family – to receive a wealth of information on services and groups that they could access for support.

There were activities to take part in, ran by the Special Olympics, information stands and visitors could grab a hot drink and a piece of cake – with donations going to Guide Dogs UK.

Penny Rice, DO co-ordinator, said: "There are 62 different disability groups in the area and around 4,000 people in Oswestry with a disability.

"We're here to talk about the physical disabilities seen but also the unseen ones.

"There are all kinds of disabilities, when people think disability they think wheelchair user but there's help for dementia and Alzheimers, mental health problems, people with social isolation.

"So this was a great networking event – getting as many groups together as possible to show what's available."

Siobhan Shaw, Oswestry Library branch manager said: "It's great to have everyone in the building – it strengthens our relationship with communities.

"I think it's a brilliant idea to bring everyone together in one place for valuable networking among groups."

DO's next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 26 at Hope Church, Laburnum Drive in Oswestry, from 10.30am until 12noon.

There will be coffee and cake on offer and Margaret Chamberlain will be telling everybody about her life living with two disabilities.

Penny added: "This is not a closed group, everybody – whether they have a disability or not – is really welcome."

For more details, email disabilityoswestry161@gmail.com or phone 01691 680382.