Following the Business AGM there was a special session, ‘Lambeth’s Equality Commission’.
We had a lively and interesting discussion around four key areas relating to the work of the Equalities Commission, which were:
1. Getting the best start in life - What are the things that prevent disabled residents getting the best start in life? e.g. in relation to education.
2. Equality of opportunity - What are the things that make it hard for disabled people to have access to equal opportunities? e.g. getting a good job, progression in work, participating in the community.
3. What would make a difference - What could Lambeth council and its partners do to make sure disabled people have equal chances?
4. The Commission - How would you like to get involved? Who should we speak to - individuals or groups with particular needs? What are the best ways to reach certain groups and get feedback?
With only an hour to discuss these issues, it was clear that more meetings and more time with disabled people was needed to really understand the inequalities facing disabled people in Lambeth. Louise Holden, DASL’s Community Development Worker will be supporting Parmpreet Tatla, who will be leading on disability for the Equalities Commission, to set up satellite meetings for disabled people around the borough.
You can give your views online via the Equality Commission’s survey http://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=147981730105 or attend a public meeting, more details http://tinyurl.com/z5h5fhq
You can download the write up of what people discussed here Equalities_Commission_Discussion_Notes_DASL_2_Dec_2016.pdf
A strong Management Committee was elected to lead the organisation in 2017. You can find details of all the 8 trustees and short biographies here
DASL’s latest Annual Review was launched at the AGM - you can download a copy here DASL_Annual_Review_2015-16.pdf or please contact us if you would like a hard copy or a quantity for your organisation.
Here are some photos of the AGM for you to enjoy