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GDA member Richard Cochrane interviewed by BBC

In September Richard Cochrane gave BBC Guernsey reporter Fay Tabel a powerful, yet balanced insight into the difficulties disabled islanders face when getting around Town and into shops. Even though it was radio, you could tell just by Richard’s voice how much effort he was having to put

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Guernsey Mind launches Employment Project

Mental health problems are more prevalent than many people think. One in six workers have a common mental health symptom at any one time so it is likely that many people know someone who is finding it difficult to cope. This month Guernsey Mind launched their Employment

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A memorial to Dave Purdy

Dave Purdy was a lifelong campaigner for equality for disabled islanders. After his death last year at the age of 61, the Guernsey Disability Alliance proposed placing an engraved stone in his memory in the wall of the ramp at the Market Square. You can find out

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Guernsey Disability Alliance – a model to follow?

Last month the University of Bristol published the results of a survey into the voluntary sector in Guernsey, commissioned by the Guernsey Community Foundation. In a full page analysis of the research, Nick Mann from the Guernsey Press picked up on the research recommendation that charities need

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Invalidity benefit is safe this year

The Billet for debate in the States of Guernsey at the end of September includes Social Security’s proposals for increases in Benefits for 2012. As many GDA members will remember, last year Social Security proposed increasing Invalidity Benefit (IVB) by 1.5% whilst pensions were due to go

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Guernsey commissions Disability Needs Survey

The Policy Council of the States of Guernsey is commissioning a study into the needs of disabled islanders.  An ‘invitation to tender’ will be advertised this week to attract research companies who are interested in bidding for the project which is due to be completed by Summer

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Gina brings B&Q scooter back to life

Gina Johnson has done it again. Having persuaded Waitrose to make a mobility scooter available to customers at each of their Guernsey stores, she has now inspired B&Q to reinstate theirs. Notices at the B&Q store at Admiral Park claimed that a scooter was available, but in

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Jersey follows Guernsey’s lead on discrimination

Following Commerce and Employment’s announcement in June that new employment discrimination laws for Guernsey would be prioritised in their 2012 business plan, Jersey has now followed suit – with the backing of local employers. In their very last debate before the summer recess, the States of Jersey

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New mental health facility to open in 2015

Guernsey is one step closer to having a brand new mental health facility.  The existing Castel Hospital was deemed inadequate more than twenty five years ago. In July, HSSD unveiled the plans for a new acute ward which will be built on the Pricess Elizabeth Hospital site.  The

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C&E consultation backs discrimination law

At the end of last year, Commerce and Employment published a public consultation on Employment Law. Under the current Guernsey law, only sex discrimination can be used as specific grounds for taking an employer to an employment tribunal – not age, race, religion or disability. Plus there’s

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