On behalf of the Board of Disability Wales, I have pleasure in sharing our Annual Report for 2022-23, approved at our recent AGM.
In the words of our Chairperson Willow Holloway, ‘it has been another really productive year for Disability Wales. We have continued to represent our members during these challenging times whilst increasing understanding of disabled people’s needs. We have continued to work closely with Welsh Government and other public bodies, influencing policy both in Wales and beyond’.
Key achievements include:
- Our cost of living campaign and production of the report, Barely Surviving
- Obtaining core participant status in the Covid-19 Inquiry
- Development of resources for schools about the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People
- Continued successful delivery of the award winning Mentoring Programme Equal Power Equal Voice
- Road to Rights 50th Anniversary Hybrid Conference attended by the First Minister Mark Drakeford MS
Our 50th Anniversary provided an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved in progressing disability rights and equality across five decades as well as what is yet to be accomplished.
Given the impact of Covid-19 coupled with the cost-of-living crisis, it is undeniably a very challenging time for so many including our members. More than ever, we greatly appreciate your continued support and engagement, ensuring that the voice of disabled people from across Wales fully informs our role in striving for rights and equality.
Rhian Davies, Chief Executive, Disability Wales.