In this section we aim to share with you the work that is taking place in Guernsey to improve the lives of disabled people and to improve carer experiences.
Disability Awareness online training
- The States of Guernsey has been working closely with a number of charities in Guernsey to provide a free bespoke training tool for anyone in Guernsey to access.The training comprises of six short modules which take about one hour to complete. You can do all the modules together or complete individually.
- The modules include information about different impairments, practical advice about helping people with different disabilities, and why it is important to use the correct language to describe disability.
- At the end of each session there are ten short questions and you can download a certificate at the end of the training.
- To create an account please follow this link. Once you have created an account simply follow this link.
- An alternative, paperwork version of this training is also available. Please contact the disability officer if you would like a copy of this alternative version. DisabilityOfficer@gov.gg
- AccessAble have surveyed a number of venues in Guernsey and Herm providing you with the right information on accessibility. We hope that this gives you more information so that you can make an informed decision about visiting a venue.
- Please follow this link to the AccessAble Guernsey website
- The lanyard can be worn by those with a hidden disability. this indicates to others that they might require additional assistance or require more time to perform a task.
- The lanyard are available at the Guernsey Airport Information desk and from Health connections.
Disability Needs Surveys
- In 2011 the States appointed a Disability Officer who commissioned two Disability Needs Surveys. The first survey looked at the number of people living with long-term health conditions or disabilities, as well as the number of carers. The second survey looked at the experiences of disabled people and people who care for someone with a disability.The surveys provided information which informed the Disability and Inclusion Strategy.
- You can see the 2 documents as they are downloaded on this page
The Disability and Inclusion Strategy
- The Strategy was was agreed by the States of Deliberation in November 2013.
- It aims to improve the lives and opportunities of disabled islanders.
- It focuses on the issues identified in the Disability needs surveys to ensure that people are treated fairly, to enable disabled Islanders and carers to take more control of their own lives by improving choice, opportunities and information.
- It recognises that the States plays an important role in providing services, including health, housing, education and benefits, for disabled people and their carers, as well as providing opportunities as the largest employer in the Islands.
- The complete document is available as a download on this page.
Who is working on the Strategy?
- There are a number of people in the States of Guernsey and key stakeholders working on a variety of projects which are part of the Disability and Inclusion Strategy.
- The Committee responsible for the Strategy from May 2016 is the Committee for Employment & Social Security.
- A Project Board was established in September 2016 to oversee all of the work within the Strategy.
- The Project Board is committed to ensuring that islanders have the right information at the right time. Following each Project Board, which meets approximately every six weeks, Highlight Reports are be published on this page.
Disability and Inclusion Strategy Projects
- Here are the projects from the Disability and Inclusion Strategy.
- An update on progress towards these projects is given in the highlight reports.
- 1. Extending the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities to Guernsey to confirm the island's commitment to respect the rights of its disabled citizens.
- 2. Introducing legislation to protect disabled islanders and carers from discrimination.
- 3. Creating an Equality and Rights Organisation to promote the rights of disabled people and carers and other groups at risk of discrimination.
- 4. Improving the information available to disabled people and carers about support and services.
- 5. Commissioning an audit of the States' employment practices, buildings and services to ensure they meet the new legislation, new policies and plans.
- 6. Creating an Employment Trust to help disabled people to gain and maintain employment and providing information for businesses in preparation for the legislation
- 7. Developing frameworks for Autism, Learning Disability and Dementia that set out how people with these specific conditions are diagnosed and supported.
- 8. Introducing a Capacity Law to empower and protect people who may not be able to make decisions for themselves.
- 9. Developing safeguarding policies to protect vulnerable adults from abuse or neglect.
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News in Brief
Carers' Action Plan
- As part of the Supported Living and Ageing Well Strategy the States made a strategic commitment to 'recognise the value of informal carers and seek to ensure that they are supported'. Carers are people who provide unpaid support to their family members, neighbours or friends. Many people play important roles in supporting family members and friends.
- The States of Guernsey has developed a Carers' Action Plan which will outline the priority actions that need to be undertaken to support people in Guernsey and Alderney who support family members and friends. It was published on 30th April 2019. Follow the link for more information Carers action plan.
- If you have any questions about the Action Plan please email email@example.com or call 01481 732546.
- The Guernsey Community Foundation performed research into the support services currently in place for carers in Guernsey. Their recommendation was the the establishment of a new charity to help local carers.
- The Carers Guernsey Working Group, led by Peter Harwood, a previous Deputy and Chair of the States Supported and Living Well Strategy, has conducted interviews with organisations that work with carers and has investigated the many challenges that carers can face. This includes carers of any age and carers of individuals with any medical or age-related condition. Current estimates suggest that there are between 2,000 and 4,000 voluntary carers in Guernsey.
- The report, which can be viewed on this page, recommended the establishment of a charity to support Carers. Carers Guernsey was formed in 2018.
Children and Young People's Plan
- The Children and Young People's Plan for 2016-2022 was debated and approved by the States in February 2016. For full details of the Children and Young People's Plan follow the link.
- The Plan is intended to be a 'living document' that is subject to an annual review. The latest plan was updated in 2019 and sets out the progress made since 2016. Follow the link 2019 review .
- The Plan is tailored to the needs of children and young people in Guernsey and Alderney's and also compliant with the European Convention on Human Rights.
- While prioritising 'children in need' the CYPP is aimed at ensuring that Guernsey and Alderney are the best places possible for children and young people to grow up
- One of the Disability and Inclusion Strategy work streams was to write an Autism Framework. The Committee for Health & Social Care have completed this work stream and written the framework following consultation with islanders.
- For more information about the framework please follow this link.
- Health & Social Care (HSC) published a Dementia Framework in 2017. The framework discusses 6 areas where Guernsey has an opportunity to make positive changes in the years ahead, for people with dementia and their families. It views dementia as a hidden disability and a condition that people can continue to live well with if the right support is in place. For more information follow the link to Dementia framework [2Mb]
Emotional Well- being and Mental Health
- The Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy was approved by the States on 27 February 2013. It is a cross-departmental strategy, led by Health and Social Care (HSC) providing a framework within which all areas of the island community can begin to work together towards better mental wellbeing. For more information follow the link Mental health and wellbeing plan
Supported Living and Ageing Well (SLAWS)
- The Supported Living and Ageing Well Strategy (SLAWS) was agreed by the States in February 2016. The Strategy is intended to work towards Guernsey and Alderney having an adaptable and continuously improving care and support system that is fair, person-centred, enabling and sustainable.
- The Strategy is for all adults in Guernsey and Alderney, not only those who have current ongoing care and support needs but everyone who may need this support in future. For more information follow the link to Supported Living and Aging Well
- Many people live with so called hidden disabilities, some of these hidden disabilities are listed below:
- Autism: Everyone who has Autism has individual challenges and needs, the level of support they require will vary very greatly.
- How can you help: Keep sentences short, be clear and concise.
- Allow time for the person to process the information and to respond
- Explain very literally what is going on in a situation
- Try not to force eye contact
- Understand that the person may need to use certain actions (e.g. hand flapping, pacing) to ease their anxiety and as coping strategies
- Local support: The Communication and autism support, Autism Guernsey
- Hearing impairment: an estimated 1 in 6 people on Guernsey have a hearing impairment
- How can you help: always face the person when you talk to them
- Do not cover your mouth with your hands as you talk
- don't stand in front of a bright window when speaking
- do no over emphasize your words, this will distort your mouth.
- remember that hearing aids also amplify background noises.
- Local support: sensory support
- Dementia: This is a term used to describe a set of symptoms that occur when the brain is damaged by disease.
- Learning disability: this is a term used when someone has difficulties in learning, understanding and communicating.
- Watch and read individual's stories about living with a hidden disability, the challenges people face and the top tips on how you can get involved follow this link