In the News

GDA Speed Hustings – a date with democracy

On the evening of Monday 26th March 2012 a bell sounded in the Harry Bound Room and the hum of deep conversation rose from twelve small tables dotted around the room. The first ever Speed Hustings in Guernsey had begun and disabled islanders, their families, and the

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DisabledGo Access Guide to Guernsey goes live

Ever wanted to check out a venue for its accessibility before you leave home? In so much detail, you can even see a photo of what the toilet looks like? The much-awaited DisabledGo Access Guide to Guernsey launched today at Beau Sejour. This online directory (developed in

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Survey to determine number of disabled islanders

Guernsey has always been short of statistics when it comes to disabled people. It is one of the reasons it’s been difficult to get any action on developing new services. But the States have just sent a Health, Wellbeing and Social Inclusion survey to 6500 households which

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New grant funding for local charities

The Guernsey Community Foundation’s new Quarterly Grants Programme is now open for applications. The Foundation’s existing Funders have pledged £40,000 per year for the programme, £10,000 per quarter. Applications for grants from £1,000 up to £10,000 are welcome from voluntary, charitable and community organisations that meet the

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Modernising the Supplementary Benefit system

Social Security have announced the first phase of their plans to modernise the Supplementary Benefit system. There are over 700 injured, ill or disabled islanders relying on the Supp Ben safety net so this is an issue very much of relevance. You can find out more by

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Potential funding for charities from Social Security

Organisations within the voluntary and charitable sector could be given grants for projects Social Security thinks would aid the departments work under proposals to go before the States early next year. The suggestion will be included within Social Security’s review of the supplementary benefit system. Deputy Chief

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Amendment is lost, but delays are in doubt

HSSD’s bid to have £1.35m of its lost budget reinstated was lost by 18 votes to 29 in the Assembly yesterday. At the time, we assumed that meant that delays to the adult learning disability respite care project would now be implemented. But it seems that is

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Improvements to respite care under threat

It seems that getting something through the States just isn’t enough anymore. As reported in Saturday’s Press, HSSD is threatening to postpone the introduction of the Adult Learning Disability Respite Care project until 2013, if not beyond. This project was intended to create a new two-bedded adult

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Two-thirds avoid disabled people

Nearly two-thirds (65%) of people have admitted they avoid disabled people because they don’t know how to act around them, according to new research sponsored by BT. To hear Aindre Reece-Sheerin’s reaction to the BT research into attitudes towards disabled people on BBC Guernsey this morning, click

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Welcome Emilie, new Disability Officer

Emilie Yerby has just been appointed as the second Disability and Equalities Officer. She is taking over from Emma Jones, who has moved on to another post within the Civil Service, and will be responsible for writing the Disability Strategy. Emilie is fairly new to the States.

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