Celebrated since 1990 (yes, pre-internet), Disability Pride Month is designed to promote visibility and mainstream awareness of the positive pride felt by people with disabilities, whether physical or learning, visible or hidden. The key focus of the month is to engage in open discussions, so that is exactly what we decided to do. 

The disabled community is diverse, so individuals with disabilities may vary in their thoughts and feelings regarding this month, or the term ‘disability', but one person keen to discuss it is CCP’s administrator, Rachel.

Hello, Rachel! Could I ask you first to introduce yourself and about your role here at CCP?

Rachel: I originally started volunteering on reception in January 2020, then became a full-time employee in November 2020. And of course, shortly after I joined, the pandemic hit. So, there’s a big chunk of the middle of the year that I was not in the office at all!  As an administrator, I obtain new starter references and pick up a variety of admin tasks surrounding recruitment, such as processing job applications. I am very happy to be part of our People, Engagement and Quality Team, they are all fabulous. I really do love my role here at CCP. As for the term ‘disabled’, I am quite happy to identify with the term, although I realise this is entirely an individual's choice.

How did the lockdown affect the disabled community?

Rachel: In terms of accessibility, there has been a huge shift in things moving online. Options like home working, home learning and virtual appointments for a variety of things have been slow to evolve for the disabled community. When the pandemic hit, it was very clear to see that everything was available online in an instant, including, finally, doctor's appointments. It did make me feel that, until non-disabled people needed these resources, they weren’t really being moved forward at any pace.

How have you managed to keep working during lockdown?

Rachel: I have felt very well supported. CCP has continued to focus on lowering the risk for all staff and kept everyone well informed via our monthly staff meetings. While there are struggles that come with home working, as it is not suited for everyone, a lot of people have learned the value and the benefit of it. It’s great to know that CCP is open to a hybrid of home-based and office working for the foreseeable, and that works well for me.

It’s great to have colleagues like Rachel, who is open and willing to raise awareness and discuss the importance of Disability Pride Month. As Gold Investors in People, CCP’s flexibility in the workplace, along with support for staff, is something we are proud of.

Would you like to join our team? Find out more about the roles available in your area at https://www.ccp.org.uk/vacancies.