What Can I do?

Wigwam Support Group will be joining other disabled islanders and carers on the steps of the Royal Court at 9am on Wednesday 27th November 2013 to greet Deputies as they arrive for the big debate on the Disability and Inclusion Strategy.

But because of the barriers they face, many other disabled people and carers simply cannot join us…

Could you be there with us?

Show disabled islanders and carers that they matter, and ensure our Deputies know how you feel, by joining us on the steps of the Royal Court.

 You could be there to represent a disabled person or carer in your family.  Or a friend. Or someone you have really connected with in our videos.  Or just be there for you.

Be at the Royal Court (by the sunken garden at the top of Smith Street) at 9am on November 27th and please print out one of these banners to bring with you.  You only need to be there for a maximum of 30 minutes – Deputies aim to be in their seats in the Assembly by 9.25am latest.

Afterwards you can follow the progress of the debate on Twitter.  Or listen in on the radio on 1115AM (Medium Wave)"

For more information check out We All Matter Eh?

Want to Know More about the Disability and Inclusion Strategy?

Want to know more?

Take a look at the We All Matter Eh? website and listen to the videos describing what the Strategy means to disabled islanders.

Read a brief summary of the Strategy.

Read the full States report in the November Billet (item 9, page 2155).

Read the Stage 1 and Stage 2 research reports on which the Strategy is based.

Or if you want to know more about disability issues in Guernsey, check out the Guernsey Disability Alliance website.


New Social Group for Adults with Autism

Autism Guernsey are launching a new social group for adults who have autism. It will cater for a wide range of interests in an easy going, no pressure environment and activities will be voted for and run by its members.

Launch night - Sunday 29th September 7-10pm at the Hampshire Lodge. There will be food and drink available to purchase, games to play and like-minded people to talk to.

For further info please contact Helen on 07781 115033 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


New Parent Support Group for Parents/Carers of Anxious Children

A new support group is being set up for parents of children who suffer from anxiety. They aim to meet informally to allow parents to chat with others in similar situations, support one another, share knowledge and resources, provide inofrmation and listen to guest speakers. The first meeting is on Monday 16th September 2013 and thereafter the group will meet every 3rd Monday in the month at 7.30pm at the Mind Centre, Arsenal Road, St Peter Port.

For further information please email Jon or Helen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 07911 106032

Autism Guernsey launch their new outreach service

 Autism Guernsey in conjunction with the National Autistic Society launched a brand new outreach service for children and adults with autism. The aim is to close the current gap in States’ service provision which currently leaves families and individuals affected by autism with little support, particularly in the home environment. The service will be run by Anne Blondel, the new outreach coordinator, offering professional support in the home and where required co-ordinate and engage with other agencies.

Channel TV report on the launch

Autism Guernsey are keen to hear from those interested about their ideas how such a service would best meet the needs of individuals and families effected by autism. A serious of workshops will be held:


Date Wednesday 7th August  

Time 6.30pm-8.30pm


Date Saturday 17th August

Time 2.00pm-4.30pm


Date Sunday 18th August

Time 2.00pm-4.30pm


For more information contact Anne Blondel on 727965 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Disabled people are one of many groups affected by poverty

GDA News July 24th, 2013 

The GDA attended the poverty debate on 22.07.13 hosted by the Guernsey Community Foundation. 150 deputies, civil servants, charities, business people and islanders came together to discuss whether there is a poverty problem in Guernsey, led by an expert panel.

The overwhelming concensus was that there is certainly relative poverty in Guernsey, particularly amongst single pensioners, single parents, large families – and disabled people.

One of the panellists was Rachel Copeland, a local Health Visitor. She said she sees families living in conditions in Guernsey that are as bad as the worst estates in the UK – mold, fungus, multiple occupancy, no fire alarms, unsafe stairs, unsafe heating, can’t afford fuel, nowhere for children to play, accidents. She relies on charities to help families to get spectacles repaired or fix the washing machine. Requests for aid from foodbanks are increasing and some people are in eye-watering debt.

Various initiatives were discussed – like helping older people release some of the equity from their house so they had something to live on now. Or bringing in minimum standards for rented accommodation. It was agreed that the States, charities and businesses should work together to tackle poverty but that the States needed to take more of a lead, especially in defining and monitoring the problem.

One final note of direct relevance to the GDA from panel member, Dave Clark. Dave is now Chair of Headway Guernsey and St Johns. However 12 years ago, he was States Treasurer in charge of the island’s finances. He said the reason that money had been allocated to the Corporate Housing Programme to replace the Bouet etc was because the Housing Team had ‘banged on his door every week’ with convincing arguments, conviction and credibility….

For media coverage:

Channel TV

Guernsey Press

For more information about the Guernsey Disability Alliance see their website. 


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