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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Education’s new vision focuses on equality of opportunity

The Education Department published their Vision document in March.  It’s their equivalent of HSSD’s 2020 Vision and is intended to establish their guiding principles for many years to come. The document is brief and very high level – more detail will follow in future States reports – and

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Parent Carer Council are recruiting new members

The Parent Carer Council consists of a group of parents and carers elected by parents to represent families’ views on the services offered to people with a learning disability within the Bailiwick. It meets at least four times a year to discuss current issues and receive briefings

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Tanni Grey-Thompson impresses deputies and athletes

In January, Paralympic athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE visited Guernsey at the invitation of the Guernsey Disability Alliance to encourage the island to bring in disability equality legislation. Speaking to a large audience of politicians, civil servants, business leaders and GDA members, the Baroness stressed that simplicity was

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Deputies say YES to better mental health

                  In the most enlightened debate the GDA has ever witnessed in the States, Guernsey’s deputies have unanimously approved the island’s first ever Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy and given the final go ahead for a new mental health

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NEW! Adult Disability multi agency meeting to inform future of services

HSSD’s Adult Disability Service has set up a new multi agency forum called the ‘Partnership & Planning Meeting’ which is held quarterly. The forum includes representatives from all of HSSD’s Adult Disability Services, voluntary organisations, parents and service user groups and the Disability & Equality Officer. This

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Disabled People’s Champion John Gollop gets support from other deputies

          Disabled islanders now don’t just have a Disability Champion but an entire team of Disability Champions! Deputy Wilkie and Deputy Le Pelley have kindly offered to assist Deputy Gollop in dealing with disability questions and issues raised by members of the public.

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Disability and Inclusion Strategy likely to be debated in July

The GDA and Deputy John Gollop are part of a Steering Group working together to support Emilie Yerby (States Disability Officer) as she finalises Guernsey’s first ever Disability and Inclusion Strategy. Emilie and the Steering Group are currently presenting an outline of the Strategy to States departments

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