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Higher levels of depression in Guernsey

October 11th, 2011|

People in Guernsey are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than individuals in Jersey and the UK, according to a recent Guernsey Emotional Wellbeing Survey. Results showed that 21% of respondents experienced anxiety and/or depression to clinical levels. [...]

GDA on stage at IoD Debate

October 11th, 2011|

The annual Institute of Directors debate sees 500 of Guernsey's 'business leaders' gather to dissect the issues of the island. It's a prestigious event that attracts a lot of industry and media interest. This year the topic was how businesses [...]

Guernsey gets an online Access Guide

October 6th, 2011|

The States has commissioned an organisation called DisabledGo to audit the accessibility of 500 venues in Guernsey - hotels, restaurants, shops, public buildings - and publish the results online for everyone to use.  DisabledGo hosted meetings on Wednesday 5th October [...]

GDA member Richard Cochrane interviewed by BBC

September 29th, 2011|

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 [...]

Guernsey Mind launches Employment Project

September 21st, 2011|

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. [...]

A memorial to Dave Purdy

September 21st, 2011|

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 [...]

Guernsey Disability Alliance – a model to follow?

September 21st, 2011|

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 [...]

Invalidity benefit is safe this year

September 21st, 2011|

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 [...]

Guernsey commissions Disability Needs Survey

August 15th, 2011|

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 [...]

Gina brings B&Q scooter back to life

August 15th, 2011|

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 [...]

Jersey follows Guernsey’s lead on discrimination

August 8th, 2011|

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 [...]

New mental health facility to open in 2015

August 8th, 2011|

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 [...]