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Green Light For Equality

Posted 10:56AM on Wednesday 12 November 2014

The Green Party has become the first political party in Northern Ireland to be given the “What About Me?” Welcome Award for its attitude to people with a learning disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition.

The award is given as part of our campaign to see an end to discrimination and abuse against the people we support. Previous recipients include Belfast International Airport, Belfast City Council and North Down Borough Council. To qualify, businesses and organisations must sign a pledge committing them to the principles of respect, inclusion and accountability in providing a welcoming environment.

Our Chief Executive, Agnes Lunny, said: “Our ‘What About Me?’ campaign aims to make Northern Ireland a more inclusive place for people with a disability or other condition that some in society believe sets them apart. The Welcome Award enables businesses and organisations to show people at a glance that they are committed to respect and equality by displaying a certificate and window sticker.”

Green Party Councillor, Noelle Robinson, said: “We are honoured to receive the Welcome Award for our office in Bangor and we are 100% committed to the principles of inclusion and respect. I myself have an acquired brain injury, having suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage and minor stroke just over three years ago, so I know how important it is that people understand the needs of others and treat everyone with equal regard.”

To find out more about the Welcome Award and how to qualify, click here.