Welcome to Guernsey’s Accessible Town project
What’s it all about?
Nearly one in every five people in the UK has a disability or impairment, and over half of households have a connection to someone with a disability. Their collective spending power – the Purple Pound – is worth £249 billion to the UK economy and the same proportionately in Guernsey.
However, this potential is not being fully realised. There are still real (and perceived) barriers that make it harder for disabled people to find work, spend money online and in store, and enjoy a drink or meal out.
The aim of the Accessible Town project and Purple Tuesday is to make customer-facing businesses more aware of these opportunities and challenges and inspire them to make changes to improve the disabled customer experience over the long term. This was the basis for our #MakeAChange campaign in 2017 to encourage Guernsey to ‘Think Differently about Disability’
The States of Guernsey Disability Needs Survey 2012 highlighted 4,000 Islanders in Guernsey and Alderney with a long-term condition and who experience significant difficulty in everyday life. That’s an estimated 6% of the population and 14,000 people (21% of the population) in Guernsey and Alderney with a long term condition that affects their day to day life. Its is estimated that there are over 4,000 carers in Guernsey (unpaid).
We dedicate ourselves to raising awareness and changing attitudes in Guernsey to give all our islanders and visitors equality of opportunity to take a full and active part in island life.
How can you support us?
We are currently seeking sponsorship for these 3 events and would welcome your support.
We also need a large number of partners to make this initiative as successful and sustainable as possible. Including local retailers, hospitality businesses, community groups, disability charities, the Government (States of Guernsey) and more ….
We thank the many partners, sponsors and supporters that are bringing this inclusive events together for the first time.
Find out more about each event in the tabs above and please don’t hesitate to contact the project lead Karen Blanchford on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information