Category Archives: Scotland

Creating better world for disabled and carers

The challenge is creating a society fit for disabled people, people who live with long-term conditions and unpaid carers to enjoy their right to live well.

Picture: Esme Allen

Carer Pat Onions may be blind but still is a carer for her husband

SHE is one of an estimated 759,000 people in Scotland caring for a loved one who is elderly, ill or disabled, with the figure set to rise to at least one million by 2017.

Pat Onions is registered blind but cares full time for her husband David

HAVING suffered the sudden and devastating loss of her sight in her 30s, Pat Onions could have faced a very limited future.

Disabled volunteers humiliated by council venue blunder

Sylvia Stonnart was one of a group of five registered-disabled volunteers who were being presented with certificates

Disabled volunteers said they were left “humiliated” when a council event designed to honour their hard work was held in a venue without wheelchair access.

The five women, who work with local support group Moray Duo, were among 80 people invited to the celebration at Elgin Football Club to receive certificates recognising their long-term service.

But the disabled guests could not join in with the main ceremony – because they could not climb the stairs.