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Jenny – supporting disabled and vulnerable people during Covid-19

Jenny is Founder and Chair of Disability Pride Brighton – a platform where disabled people can come together to celebrate inclusion and diversity, whilst also raising awareness of disability discrimination.

“I set up Disability Pride Brighton five years ago following an incident of disability discrimination experienced by one of my children. This year would have been our fourth festival so it’s sad for the thousands of people who usually attend that it can’t go ahead. When I realised it had to be cancelled, I set up Disability Pride Facebook Friends in an effort to support disabled and vulnerable people – who are already some of the most isolated members in our communities – during these strange times. I have also been supporting the organisers of a new Covidarity Festival, as well as liaising with Disability Prides in other countries to see how we can support each other.”

During the last couple of months, in addition to supporting disabled people remotely, Jenny has been actively involved in Mutual Aid groups and volunteering as a moderator for the main Brighton & Hove Mutual Aid Facebook group.

“I got involved with Mutual Aid because I believe communities should help each other. It has been heart-warming to see everyone coming together. This situation has certainly brought out the best in so many people and I am really glad to be a part of it. Some of the ways I have been able to help have been quite challenging because it is really important to keep people safe, but it is so rewarding to know that I have been able to offer support.”

Jenny was ‘delighted’ to recently receive a Covid-19 Community Champion Award from the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, in recognition of her voluntary work.

“All the recipients really deserve the Award and I am extremely proud to stand among them.”

“It has been heart-warming to see everyone coming together. This situation has certainly brought out the best in so many people and I am really glad to be a part of it.”

“It has been heart-warming to see everyone coming together. This situation has certainly brought out the best in so many people and I am really glad to be a part of it.”

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