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Local initiatives for Carers’ Week

It was National Carers Week from the 10 – 16th June. To mark the event, Guernsey charities put on various events: L’Vair (new mental health charity), Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association, Les Bourgs Hospice and other charities spoke about the many faces of caring every morning on BBC Radio

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Disability and Inclusion Strategy now due in November

At their April meeting, the Social Policy Group (SPG) did not approve the Disability and Inclusion Strategy to go to the States in July as hoped. They are committed to moving forward with the Strategy and the principles within it but have asked Emilie Yerby, States Disability Officer,

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A new afterschool club for young carers started in June

Great news for young carers on the island. The HUB launched a Young Carers after school club to mark Young Carers week in June. As we all know, young carers are often hidden on the island and there are very few opportunities for them to have time to

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Come to GDA AGM June 5th 2013

Our AGM will be held on Weds 5th June 2013 from 7pm to 9pm at Le Murier School, St Sampson’s. All are welcome. As well as the usual AGM business, including the election of our new committee, there’ll be an update on the Disability and Inclusion Strategy

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Plans to form alliance for Supported Living & Ageing Well Strategy

In May, the Guernsey Community Foundation brought together private and voluntary sector organisations that have an interest in supporting older people. During the meeting, representatives of the States gave an update on the development of the Supported Living and Ageing Well Strategy (SLAWS). Mark Cooke, HSSD Chief

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Farewell to Terry – our Honorary Secretary is retiring

At March’s GDA meeting we said a fond farewell to Terry Moore who retired from his position as GDA Honorary Secretary and chief tea and coffee maker. Terry has been a valuable member of the team and helped develop the GDA, we will all miss him. Luckily,

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HSSD to identify overall need for adult LD respite care

At a meeting with parents in May, the Adult Disability Service (ADSES) explained that they were planning to send out a questionnaire to determine the overall need for respite care for adults with a learning disability.  This follows completion of ‘Phase One’ of their respite care plans

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Mission possible – Deputies take part in access exercise

In April, local disability campaigner, Aindre Reece-Sheerin, invited all States Deputies to take part in an event called “Mission Possible” with the view to change attitudes on access for disabled people around the town area of St Peter Port. As part of the exercise Deputies were asked to

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Message in a Bottle scheme could help save lives

Health Information Guernsey and the St John’s Ambulance have launched a new scheme called Message in a Bottle. It is a simple idea that encourages people to keep their basic personal and medical information in a common place where they can be found in an emergency. The

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Launch of new Autism Guernsey charity

Congratulations to Andy Graham (founder) and the Committee of Autism Guernsey for its truly inspiring charity launch. As the guest speaker Baroness Pitkeathley said in her opening speech: ‘If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door’. You have certainly created this door. The charity supports adults with autism

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