Guernsey Disability Alliance members work together to raise issues that are important to disabled islanders, whether that’s people with restricted mobility, sensory impairment, learning difficulties, mental health issues or long-term illness.

The GDA has been campaigning and influencing Government for nearly 10 years, this chart shows a number of the key areas of influence

Our main achievements are:

It’s fair to say that the States is currently struggling to implement the big projects within the Strategy, including the introduction of disability discrimination legislation. But we are seeing some of the smaller projects progressing (eg the information website and the new employment service  Plus the beginnings of a change in attitude within the States towards including disabled people and carers and more respect for our rights.

In particular, we are regularly contacted by a number of States Depts, wanting support to:

  • make existing disability services work better (eg HSSD’s current review of the Wheelchair Service)
  • ensure that disabled islanders are included in general initiatives (eg Home Dept wanting to make Election 2016 accessible)

Here are some further examples of the results of the GDA’s work:








  • Creation of the post of Disability Officer and a Disability Strategy
  • Appointment of the first States’ Champion for Disabled Islanders (Deputy Jane Stephens)