Dementia-friendly activities to support Guernsey families

As part of Dementia Awareness Week, events are being held in Guernsey to help improve the lives of people with dementia and their loved ones.

Some of the activities include a dementia friendly film screening and an afternoon tea dance.

We are delighted that so many of the organisations, charities and professions who make up Dementia Friendly Guernsey have come together to provide a wide range of activities during the week to help us shine a light on all aspects of dementia and the simple steps we can all take to help those living with the condition and their loved ones.

We are especially delighted this year to be working with the Jersey Alzheimer’s Association who have also launched their dementia friendly initiative.

– Wayne Bulpitt, Chair, Dementia Friendly Guernsey

Islanders are being urged to speak to their loved ones about organ donations

Islanders are being urged to speak to their loved ones about organ donations.

There are currently 21,030 islanders registered on the Organ Donation Register.

However on July 1 the organ donation system in Jersey is changing.

From that date it will be assumed that adults give permission for their organs to be used unless they say otherwise.

If you don not want to donate your organs when you die then you need to contact the National Organ Donation Register which will record your wishes.

You can contact the Register at: www.organdonation.nhs.uk or by phoning 0300123 2323.

The law change was agreed by the States Assembly in April 2018.

The intention of this new law is to make it easier for deceased Islanders to donate their organs and potentially save more lives. However, there is also a recognition that not everyone wants to donate their organs and they must have the opportunity to opt out if they wish.

We want to raise awareness of organ donation and encourage people to have the conversation with their families about donating while still fit and well, rather than leaving families in shock to make that choice in the emotive aftermath of a serious accident or illness.

– Deputy Richard Renouf, Health Minister

Major change set for La Vallette in St Peter Port

Major improvements are being put forward for La Vallette in St Peter Port.

They include a redeveloped kiosk, regeneration of the bathing pools facilities and a performance space.

It’s part of the States of Guernsey’s Seafront Enhancement Area Programme.

Last year, the States’ Seafront Enhancement Area Steering Group asked the public for their suggestions for six sites along the seafront.

In response, the not-for-profit group Vive La Vallette was set up and submitted a proposal the group has now been chosen as the preferred bidder.

Vive La Vallette also proposes to enhance the natural beauty and biodiversity for the area.

We are really excited about the potential for La Vallette and our ideas for the area will take in the arts,the natural environment and physical and mental health and well-being.

This will be something not for an exclusive group, it’s for the whole community.

– Dave Warr,Vive La Vallette

The group is being given a four month exclusivity period to further develop and confirm their proposal.

We’ve had some really good suggestions for the two sites at La Vallette, as we have for the other four locations included in this project.

We’re really excited by the Vive La Vallette proposals which can now be developed further. The Steering Group is confident that the Vive La Vallette proposal is in line with the majority views of the public for how the area should be enhanced.

It’s a great chance to make a lot more of a beautiful part of St Peter Port that is full of potential.

– Deputy GavinSt Pier, Chair of the Seafront Enhancement Area Steering Group

Local Ecological Company Urge Dog Owners ‘Pick up your Dog’s poo’ it’s a real Hazard for Wildlife

Sangan Island Conservation Ltd was set up in 2012 to provide ecological services in Jersey.

They have urged Dog owners and walkers to pick up after their dogs after picking up 57 dog droppings in one small area that they manage.

If you have a dog pick up after them it is hazardous to members of the public and to wildlife. There is NO excuse.


We are just coming to the point of the year where we will be going around the footpaths and cutting the vegetation back to keep the paths open for everyone to use. We did a short walk around one of the sites this morning and disgusted to find 57 piles of Dog 💩 💩💩💩💩 which we have mapped to show the distribution. These were all within the areas that will be cut meaning that a lot of poo will be flung all over the paths and bushes (Think of that next time you pick some blackberries).

Image showing locations at Noirmont Point that Dog poo was found.

Dog waste is an environmental pollutant. In America during 1991, it was labelled as a non-point source pollutant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), placing it in the same category as herbicides and insecticides; oil, grease and toxic chemicals; and acid drainage from abandoned mines.

It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. EPA even estimates that two or three days’ worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it, to swimming and shell fishing.

Pet feces can be catastrophic to the local water table, contaminating nearby ponds, lakes, rivers and drinking water.

When feces is allowed to remain on the soil for long periods, rainstorms will begin to dilute and break apart the feces and slowly spread the bacteria on other contaminants into local water sources.

Dog feces are one of the most common carriers of the following diseases:

  • Whipworms
  • Hookworms
  • Roundworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Parvo
  • Corona
  • Giardiasis
  • Salmonellosis
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Campylobacteriosis

Campaigners rally to change campervan laws in Jersey

Islanders who want the law to be changed so they can stay in their campervans over night at Le Port in Jersey have been campaigning today.

Since February campervans have only been allowed to park there for 12 hours.

The change came after complaints of antisocial behaviour and poor hygiene.

Senator Steve Pallett is putting forward a proposition to reverse the law on Tuesday.

If we can ease the problem here, I don’t want to create problems elsewhere so it does need to be a regulated scheme and something that people can understand and possibly have to pay for to use. Which again would maybe give the opportunity again to put facilities in elsewhere.

– Senator Steve Pallet, Assistant Minister for Tourism

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day shows 'not every disability is visible'

A young woman in Jersey is sharing her experience of living with a bowel condition to inspire others to do the same.

19-year-old Jessie Gallay was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis four years ago.

Last year, she underwent surgery which helped her to live a normal life again.

Now, on World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Awareness Day, Jessie and health professionals in Jersey are urging people to understand that ‘not every disability is visible’.

IBD affects more than 400 people in the island. The two main forms are:

  • Crohn’s disease which causes inflammation of the digestive system.
  • Ulcerative colitis which causes inflammation and ulceration of the inner lining of the rectum and colon.

Both conditions cause diarrhoea, tiredness and fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping pains and anaemia.

Lesley Pitman, gastroenterology specialist at the General Hospital, is calling for local businesses to join a Crohn’s and Colitis UK campaign, to put signs on disabled toilet doors which state ‘Not every disability is visible’.

She says there is little public knowledge about IBD and the impact it can have on a person’s life.

A key message that we want to get out is that not every disability is visible and it is important not to judge why someone may have accessed a disabled toilet.

That’s why I’m hoping that Jersey restaurants and pubs will take up the campaign already in motion in the UK to place signs on disabled toilet doors to say ‘Not Every Disability is Visible’.

– SISTER LESLEY PITMAN

To find out more about the support group for those living with IBD you can email [email protected]

Bus Boss Against Free Travel

The head of Jersey’s bus service says he wouldn’t welcome it being made free.

Deputy Rob Ward is calling for fares to be scrapped on school buses from this September, and then for everyone by 2021.

The States Assembly is expected to take a vote on the idea next month.

But Kevin Hart from LibertyBus says cost is not the barrier to bus-use.

“75% of the children surveyed (on what difference the service makes to their lives) who didn’t use the bus said they didn’t use the bus because they get a lift and we have capacity on the school buses now. So actually making it free isn’t going to change the mindset of people who get a lift.

“What we’ve got to do is change the way people think about bus travel.”

Deputy Ward thinks the move will help cut down traffic on the school run and reduce the island’s carbon emissions.

If passed, it will cost around £300,000 to implement. Deputy Ward says that’s a similar amount to what LibertyBus already returns to the government.

But Mr Hart from LibertyBus says it’s just not viable.

“Let’s take an example of somewhere like Belgium, where they’ve made a major city free of charge. Bus travel went up to 1300% which is fantastic, but you have to put the infrastructure in. 

“Bus lanes, you have to have a bigger facility than we currently have and you need to put a barrier for people to bring a car into St Helier for instance.

“If you put all those things in place, you’ll be looking at about £25 million a year for the bus service.”

Deputy Ward’s proposition is scheduled for debate on 18th June.

More from Jersey News

Charity wristbands created to highlight mental health struggles

A mother whose daughter took her life last year is working to help others support loved ones who are dealing with mental illness.

As part of her charity ‘The Self Project’, Dawn Ellis is encouraging islanders in Guernsey to wear a specially designed wristband – on their right wrist if they are feeling okay, and on their left if they are struggling.

She says this means those wearing the bands do not have to explain, and those around them can be more understanding.

With a lot of the people that come and see me, they don’t know how to say ‘I’m in a low place’ to their family or their friend, they say people just look at you when you say it, so this way the bands take all that away from it.

I knew a lot about mental health, but there’s a lot of parents out there that don’t and they’re scared, and they don’t know what to do, and I think that’s quite hard of the family not getting that support as well. I think as well as the mental health patient the family need support to understand what that person’s going through as well.

– DAWN ELLIS

Police Investigating Town Fight

Three teenagers attacked a young woman in St Helier on Thursday afternoon before running away.

It happened between 3pm and 3:30pm on Don Road, near the James Road and Belvedere Hill junction.

The incident, which police have described as a ‘physical altercation’, left the shaken woman on the floor with a bruised knee. She didn’t need any medical attention.

The three teenagers are described as:

  • Black 16 year old male with short bushy curly hair, wearing a black blazer, white shirt, black trousers and black shoes. He was also wearing a black camp with a white peak with the word ‘Gucci’ in blue on the front. He had a black (micro) scooter with blue wheels and blue handlebar grips.
  • White but possibly sun-tanned 16 year old male with short dark brown hair brushed over, same clothing as the above male but wearing a red tie. He also had a black bag with ‘Fortnite’ written on it.
  • White 16 year old male, blondy dirty hair. Wearing a blazer with a Le Rocquier school badge and carrying a camouflage rucksack.

Police want to speak to people driving cars past the area at the time. Anyone else with any information is asked to call 612612,  the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org

Watch: Jersey down Guernsey on penalties to retain Muratti

 

The visitors shaded the play over 120 minutes, but neither side could find a breakthrough in a game of few clear chances but fair share of goalmouth action.

Jersey lost their captain and talisman, Jack Boyle, to an ankle injury midway through the first-half and saw defender Harry Curtis sent-off at the death.

Jersey’s Luke Campbell converted the opening penalty in the shootout, before Euan Van der Vliet saved from Matt Loaring and Guernsey goalkeeper Jason Martin stopped Jay Giles’ effort.

After Liam Mahon levelled for the Sarnians and Jack Cannon hit the bar, Van der Vliet saved again from Tom De La Mare to stop Guernsey going in front.

Craig Russell, who had looked most likely to break the deadlock in normal time, then scored before Guernsey’s Tom Dodds put his penalty over the bar.

It was left to Karl Hinds – just ten days after missing the decisive spot-kick in Jersey’s Southern Counties Cup final – to win it for his side.

Penalty-wise I was really nervous after we missed, big man outstanding in goal, great saves. Great game, it was nil-nil, but what about the performance – every player, to a man, was outstanding. The football we played was great, we’ve come here and been the best team on the park, they’ve followed the game-plan. We lost our best player early in the game, and we still reacted in the right way.

– Martin Cassidy, Jersey manager

I’m gutted, I don’t think there’s any way to hide that. Not for myself, for the players. They’ve been a magnificent group. The team spirit has been immense. I do feel so sorry for them as players, I can’t fault their commitment and desire.

– Chris Tardif, Guernsey manager

 

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