DisabledGo Access Guide features more local venues

GDA News June 25th, 2013

In 2012, the States of Guernsey commissioned professional disability surveyors, DisabledGo, to produce an online guide that would help disabled islanders and visitors find out whether a venue is accessible before setting out from home. 500 local shops, hotels, restaurants, sports facilities and transport links were included in the guide.

In April 2013 the team from DisabledGo returned to the island to consult with islanders as to which venues they would like to see added to the guide. The GDA hosted a meeting on behalf of DisabledGo where members of the public were invited to find out more.

DisabledGo surveyors have since completed 26 new guides, 20 of which are detailed access guides to restaurants, hotels, sports facilities and medial practices. The newly added venues will go live on the DisabledGo website in early August.

The guide is not just for wheelchair users, it is also a valuable resource for people with other impairments like hearing or sight loss.

To find out more about local and UK venues visit disabledgo.

Wigwam Young Adults

Wigwam Young Adults and their families have enjoyed 2 social events at the Ron Short Centre. Everyone had fun playing games and the girls were treated to having their nails painted. There were also lovely cakes and drinks for everyone.  The next event is Fishing on Sunday 21st July, please see our events calendar for details of this and future events. 


Guernsey Disability Alliance News

Next Meeting - Wednesday 4th September 2013 7pm at the Ron Short Centre

The GDA brings disabled islanders and disability charities together to speak with one voice to try to improve life for disabled islanders and their families.  To read their latest news, go to the GDA Newsblog (www.disabilityalliance.org.uk/blog) or their Facebook page 

Wigwam is a member of the Guernsey Disability Alliance but you can also join as an individual member. Everyone is welcome to attend their meetings. Why not come along if you'd like to find out more? Meeting dates are on their website.


Disability and Inclusion Strategy

News from Guernsey Disability Alliance

In April, the Social Policy Group (SPG) did not approve the Disability and Inclusion Strategy to go to the States in July as hoped. They are committed to moving forward with the Strategy and the principles within it but have asked Emilie Yerby, States Disability Officer, to provide some further information on particular points. The most likely date for the report to go to the States is now November this year.


Volunteer Week

Volunteer Week is from 1st to 7th June and we would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our fantastic volunteers for everything they do!!

"Mission Possible" - news from GDA

On Thursday, 25th April Aindre Reece-Sheerin invited all States deputies to take part in an event called "Mission Possible" to give them an idea of the difficulties faced by disabled people in accessing St Peter Port.  

To watch Guernsey politicians being bashed into by shop doors, teetering on curbs and narrowly avoiding scaffolding poles go to:

Channel TV: http://www.channelonline.tv/channelonline%5Fguernseynews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=504951

(News provided by GDA)

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