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Guernsey Disability Alliance turns 10

The Guernsey Disability Alliance is celebrating its 10th birthday today. Credit: Guernsey Disability Alliance

A Guernsey charity supporting and promoting the rights of people with disabilities in the island is celebrating its 10th birthday today.

The Guernsey Disability Alliance was formed in 2008 to support islanders, their families and carers. It aims to influence government decisions to give people more of a voice and has worked closely with the States of Guernsey since the Disability and Inclusion Strategy was passed in 2014.

To celebrate the alliance is recruiting a members services officer to work with the GDA's 40 + member groups.

There has also been a workshop series run this month, looking at preventing discrimination. This has informed islanders about the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is key to the Disability and Inclusion Strategy.

Despite the celebrations it has been a difficult month for the charity with concerns being voiced over funding.

Today is also the last day for charity CEO Karen Blanchford.

A birthday party will be held at Les Cotils this evening and a 10th anniversary ball is planned for this August.