On Thursday 3 December, the Jersey Cheshire Home, together with organisations worldwide, will be celebrating the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year, the event will focus on working towards disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.
The Jersey Cheshire Home is a member of the Leonard Cheshire Global Alliance, a network of over 200 independent Cheshire organisations located across 54 countries, each of which supports individuals with disabilities. It is one of the largest pan-disability networks in the world united by a shared history and a desire to change attitudes towards disability.
At this critical time, the Global Alliance members have pledged to work toward a unifying call to come together during the global pandemic to ensure a sense of security for people with disabilities not just during, but also post-Covid-19. The pledge involves five core areas of work that will enable organisations such as the Jersey Cheshire Home to bounce back from this challenging time and be able to continue to provide their essential services to their residents and their community.
David Lord, General Manager at the Jersey Cheshire Home, commented: “This is a really special day for us, especially this year which has been incredibly difficult for us – both in terms of fundraising concerns, but also for the huge changes in routine that we have to implement in order to protect our highly vulnerable residents.
“It’s a very difficult balance to strike; shielding our residents under considerable restrictions, whilst also working towards a disability-inclusive society. We hope that raising awareness of this annual event will help to support those with disabilities in the community and in care home on the island.” he continued.