History and Background

Over 10 years ago, a small group of disabled people met to form Dumfries and Galloway Coalition of Disabled People (DGCDP).  They followed excellent work by disabled people since the mid 1980s who campaigned for new legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

During the 1990s, awareness of disability issues grew amongst government and public and private agencies.  In Dumfries and Galloway (D&G), change came more slowly than other parts of the country and the original committee of volunteers resolved to work to change attitudes in a rural community and to improve services for around 30,000 people living in D&G. They successfully negotiated ‘core funding’ to allow them to establish an office and part-time staffing.

Credit must be given to D&G Council, NHS D&G, and Social Work Department, who have been the main core funders during this period.

DGCDP became DG Voice on 27th September 2010. This name change reflects the new direction of the organisation following the development of the new business plan 2010 – 2012.

The charity is at the forefront of the Equality and Diversity Agenda for the region including membership of the Community Planning Diversity Working Group.

Business Development Plan 2010 – 2012

A three year development plan was drawn up by board members following a two day conference held on 2/3 December 2009 to enable DG Voice  to continue to build an authoritative and responsive organisation. The document restates the purpose of the organisation which is to help meet the needs and aspirations of disabled people. This includes any person who experiences physical, mental, or sensory impairment. DGCDP will work to further their independence and full and equal participation in the community. You can find this plan on our website or you can call our office for a hard copy in a suitable format.

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